The Kaduna State government has asked residents to be watchful as terrorists may be planning to plant explosives in public facilities. This warning comes after an explosion occurred in the Kabala west area of Kaduna on Sunday, February 27. Speaking on the incident, the Kaduna police said the explosion was suspected to have been caused by an improvised explosive device (IED), which was planted in a building along the Nnamdi Azikiwe bypass. In a statement issued on Monday, February 28, Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna commissioner for internal security and home affairs, said assessments by security agencies indicate that terrorists may be planning to harm citizens with explosives.
Part of the statement reads: “The Kaduna state government wishes to issue a crucial advisory to citizens across the state, for heightened alertness to the threat of explosive devices planted in public places by terrorists.” Earlier, Governor Nasir El-Rufai revealed the Nigerian military was reluctant to bomb bandits because of concerns about facing the International Criminal Court (ICC). Speaking at a media briefing at the presidential villa, el-Rufai said he had advised the federal government to declare bandits as terrorists in 2017.The Kaduna governor disclosed that he was informed that it would be difficult to declare bandits as terrorists because they do not have a single command like Boko Haram and ISWAP.