The Boko Haram sect that had claimed responsibility for the attacks on police formations in Sokoto had anemail statement sent to journalists in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.
In the statement said to have been signed by the sect’s spokesman, Abul Qaqa said
‘All praises goes to Almighty Allah. This is a very important message from the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lidda’awati Wal Jihad.
‘We wish to extend our profound gratitude to Almighty Allah for giving us the opportunity to fulfill the promise we made on launching spontaneous attacks in Sokoto. ‘We have reasons for all our activities and we only k*ll those who wronged us.
We attacked Sokoto because many of our brethren have been incarcerated there. We are gladdened by the successes we recorded at the office of the AIG in Marina and the police divisional office at Unguwan Rogo as well as the police station at Arkila.
‘We wish to reiterate that our crusade is not for personal gain; it is meant to ensure the establishment of an Islamic state by liberating all Muslims from the excesses of the infidels.
We stroly believe that Almighty Allah will reward us with his famous paradise in the hereafter as he rightly said in chapter 9 verse 111 of the Holy Qur’an. ‘We want to stress that in our struggle, we only k*ll government functionaries, security agents, Christians and anyone who pretends to be a Muslim but engage in assisting security agents to arrest us’.
‘We wish to strongly warn people to desist from collaborating with security agents. The fact is that we are the warriors of the Almighty and even the security forces are finding it difficult to contain our activities. ‘We are also aware of the activities of some women who have been recruited to spy on us. This is a final warning to all of them.
By God, whenever we catch any woman spying on us, we would slaughter her like ram. ‘We are responsible for the attacks in Bauchi and at the residence of Namadi Sambo in Zaria as well as the one in Damaturu where we bombed a patrol vehicle.
‘We equally dealt a big blow on JTF operatives in Maiduguri who, out of frustration went back and k*lled innocent and defenceless citizens. ‘It is erroneous to say that we are klling Muslims. We do not k*ll innocent Muslims. The fact is the bottom line of our struggle is to set the Muslims free from enslavement. We only kill the unbelievers.