Governors of northern states in Nigeria on Monday called on security agencies to adopt new strategies in the fight against the insurgency ravaging parts of the region.
The governors were reacting to Sunday’s explosion in Sabon Gari, Kano State, which the police said killed five persons, including a suicide bomber.
In a statement, chairman of the Northern Governors Forum, Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, appealed to the terrorists to give peace a chance, lamenting that visiting violence on Kano after months of respite was a big blow to efforts toward peace.
He urged the perpetrators of the violence to lay down their arms while cautioning security agencies against complacency.
Aliyu commiserated with the families of those killed or injured during the blast and called on all security agencies to double their efforts in the discharge of their responsibilities.
Meanwhile, the police in Kano said it averted what could have been another devastating bomb blast in the ancient city on Monday morning.
Police operatives, acting on intelligence, tracked and recovered a mitsubishi station wagon car, ash in colour, with registration number Kano – AE 756 GSW loaded with assorted gas cylinders, one container of fuel and other electrical components of Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs.
The vehicle was recovered at Tafawa Balewa Street, Nasarawa area of Kano State and has since been rendered safe by Police Bomb Disposal experts, according to a statement by the police public relations officer, Frank Mba.