Stefanos Foundation on the 10th June Jos bombing
ANOTHER BOMB EXPLOSION IN JOS, PLATEAU STATE,
ON SUNDAY, 10TH JUNE, 2012
what has become a continued attack on Christians, their properties and places
of worship, Sunday the 10th June, 2012 was another black Sunday for residents
of Jos where the Christ Chosen Church of God, Rukuba Road, Jos, in Plateau
State was attacked by a suicide bomber who blew himself in the car, the impact
of which collapsed the entire Church building.
witnesses, who spoke with Stefanos Foundation said, “...they saw a Golf car
with a license registration number BSA36AA and an STF hilux Car driving up and
down the road as though they were on patrol. The Golf car had two men in
military uniform. They earlier drove to St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Rukuba
Road, but where prevented from driving in by the security men at the gate. From
there, they proceeded to ECWA Church which is not far from St. Peter’s.
However, the security in the Church was high because they were observing the
‘Boys Brigade’s Week,’ with serious checking of vehicles coming into the church
premises. Not wanting to be checked, they turned and drove away to Christ
Chosen Church of God, which is barely some 100 metres away from the ECWA
eye-witness further told Stefanos Foundation that, he saw the Golf Car dropping
two men in military uniform; and as soon as the suicide bomber made his move
towards the Church building, the hilux military patrol truck zoomed away,
allowing the suicide bomber to accelerate towards the fenceless Church building
and detonated the bomb while service was on.
forty five persons were injured in the bomb blast, which also include the
Pastor of the church, his wife and their two children.
of attacks has been the style of “Terror against Non-Muslims and innocent
citizens” by the Islamic Sect, Boko Haram, who has claimed responsibility for
the suicide bomb attack, of Sunday, 10th June, 2012 in Jos, as part of their
campaign seeking to destabilise the government and impose Shari’a Law in
Nigeria, which has a majority non-Muslim’s population.
to Sunday Okobi, published in Daily Trust Newspaper of 11th June, 2012,
“Indication emerged yesterday (Sunday,
10th June, 2012) over plots by certain elements in the country to destabilise
the President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, using Boko Haram, as cover.
Sources said, a group of individuals are unhappy with the appointment of
National Security Adviser (NSA) Gen. Andrew Azazi and some key Ministers, have
vowed to destabilise the government through the perpetration of violent attacks
in strategic national institutions.”
sources cited the continuous retention of the NSA as being reprehensive to the
group, vowing to sabotage his efforts at combating national insecurity.
According to a source, the aggrieved group is said to be angered that
all-important and strategic office of the NSA had for the first time slipped
out of the hands of the north and was currently being held by “a southerner and
source also maintained that the group was particularly aggrieved that,
President Jonathan, despite discreet moves to dump Azazi have failed to yield
fruit. It was further alleged that the group had been pressurising the
president through some powerful politicians and traditional rulers to sack
Azazi and replace him with any of the former military chiefs who had held the
who assumed the office of the NSA on October 4, 2010 became the first
non-northern to be appointed security adviser since independent.”
is very obvious that, the Boko Haram Sect, has the backings of some the
northern elites and is being used to make the country ungovernable for
President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan.