|President justifies minister’s sacking|
|Tuesday, 26 June 2012 11:44|
ABUJA/KANO — Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has said he sacked his security chiefs because new tactics are needed to fight Islamist group Boko Haram.
“[Boko Haram] are changing their tactics everyday, so you also have to change your staff and personnel,” he said in an interview on national TV.
It is not clear who did, but the city was one of those worst hit by last week's violence.
“We must have a face to tell us why you are doing what you are doing and then of course we dialogue.”
“They believe that when they attack a church, Christian youths will revolt against Muslim youths. They don’t care about who dies in the process.
Yobe state police commissioner Patrick Egbuniwe said his men were overpowered by at least 40 attackers at the Damaturu prison.
Meanwhile, an explosion near a cluster of bars in the northern Nigerian city of Bauchi, recently targeted by Boko Haram Islamists, injured nine people, police said ysterday.
The home-made explosive device planted in an unfinished building next to a group of pubs went off at around 10:00pm on Sunday in the city’s Tudunwadan Dan-Iya neighbourhood, Bauchi state police commissioner Mohammed Ladan said.
“It was an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) planted in the relaxation spot that caused the explosion which injured nine people but there were no deaths,” Ladan said.
Among those injured were seven men, a woman and a three-month old girl, he specified.