Former military Head of State, Muhammadu Burari, a retired major general, and a popular Islamic cleric, Shehu Dahiru Bauchi, may have been the primary targets of the bomb explosions that rocked the Kaduna metropolis on Wednesday.
Spokesperson for the Department of State Security, DSS, Marylyn Ogar, said this much at the daily briefing by the National Information Centre, NIC, in Abuja.
The explosion at Kawo area, where a big market and motor park are located, according Ogar, narrowly missed Buhari’s convoy but killed at least 14 persons. No further information was provided on this particular incident.
The other explosion also occurred as the convoy of the Islamic cleric, Bauchi, was passing by just after he had held a Ramadan Prayer session nearby.
“Of course you know that Imam Shehu Dahiru Bauchi holds annual Ramadan prayers. Now, we don’t want to be too forward because his convoy missed being hit by the whiskers and of course, we don’t want to be presumptuous also by saying it was targeted at him. So, investigation is still ongoing,” Ogar said.
She said that the first explosion occurred about two kilometres from the venue of Ramadan prayer session organised by Bauchi as a result of the heavy security in the area with prevented the insurgent from moving closure to the mosque.
This would be the second tine that Bauchi would escape death in the hands of terrorists as he was similarly attacked near his house in June.
Ogar appealed to Nigerians to continue to be vigilant as security agents cannot be present everywhere.
“We have always said that we as citizens take a little bit of time to look around us. Double packing in any place should not be condoned and of course because of the nature of the work you won’t expect that the security people be at everywhere and that is why we are asking the citizens to contribute their own quota. As a preacher, if you know that there is somebody in your congregation that does not tolerate any form of evil in the society, you must be conscious,”she admonished.