Published on August 14, 2012
The Bomb Disposal Unit of the Kano State Police Command recovered and defused 996 different calibre of Improvised Explosive Devices (EIDs) from 20 January to date, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris disclosed today, wondering how many lives would have been lost in the ancient city had the owners had the chance to use them.
Idris explained that the IEDs,which were recovered from different parts of the state, were successfully detonated without causing any injury or damage whatsoever. “If these items had gone off, only God knows the magnitude of devastation they would have caused in the state,’’ he said.
He also said that the command had,within the last two weeks, arrested 108 suspected miscreants, popularly known as `Yan’daba’ following raids at various blackspots and criminal hideouts in the metropolis. He said items recovered from the suspects included nine long knives, six cutlasses, 200 packets of rubber solution and 600 wraps of suspected Indian hemp. Idris said after screening of the suspects, 92 were charged to court while the remaining 16 were released.
According to him, the command has also arrested nine suspected armed robbers within the last two weeks in the state. “During the period, the police also recovered 50 rounds of ammunition, two pistols, 13 pump action , 226 cartridges, nine double barrel, 11 motor vehicles, one AK47 rifle and two AK 47 magazines, among others.
Kano experienced multiple attacks by Boko Haram terrorists on 20 January, with over 200 people killed.