Fear hampers hunt for Nigerian Islamists

2010-11-29 14:06
Kano - Fears of reprisals have prevented residents from providing police with information on Islamist sect members blamed for a series of recent attacks in northern Nigeria, police said on Monday.

Police in Borno, the northern state that was the centre of an uprising last year by the sect, have in recent weeks encouraged residents to call with tips on the Islamists, but only two people have volunteered information.

"The situation is not encouraging because residents are not forthcoming with information that could assist us in getting at the Boko Haram members and end this cycle of senseless killings," Borno state police commissioner Mohammed Jinjiri Abubakar told AFP.

The Boko Haram sect has been blamed for a series of killings targeting police officers, local chiefs, clerics and politicians, as well as attacks on police stations and a prison.

Security sources say around 50 people have been killed over the past five months. Many of the killings have occurred in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.

"We understand the reluctance is not borne out of support for the group, but out of fear that the group would attack them if they cooperate with us, and our repeated assurances that their identities would be protected has not helped," Abubakar said.

Residents have expressed fears of reporting sect members in interviews with AFP.

Last month, suspected members of Boko Haram issued fliers in Maiduguri threatening to kill any resident who provides police with information on their activities.

The uprising by the sect last year ended with a brutal police and military assault that left hundreds dead and the group's mosque and headquarters in ruins.
 

Read more on:    nigeria  |  west africa
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
When is a mountain more than just a mountain? 2014-12-18 07:26

When it’s an adventure! A group of Old Mutual employees found out how much is enough courage, endurance and camaraderie to take on Africa's highest peak.

/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

The craziest deaths of 2014
How to make this a sensual, sexy summer!
This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!
This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is so much going on around you and inside your head. You may want to take your ideas to the next level. Romance may be...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.