“Our ultimate goal is the establishment of an Islamic State in Nigeria and we would not hesitate in taking punitive measures against anybody who sabotage or assist others that are sabotaging our efforts.”
The dreaded Islamic sect responsible for most of the bombings in the North, Boko Haram, on Thursday claimed responsibility for the massive attacks on telecommunication facilities in Borno, Yobe, Kano and Bauchi states.
The sect however threatened that such attacks will continue unabated because they discovered that the affected companies are assisting the federal government and security agencies in tracking and arresting members of the group in many parts of the country.
The group said with the connivance of such companies, many of its members have been picked up and incarcerated in various prisons.
The statement written in Hausa and signed by Abul-Qaqa equally threatened attacks on the facilities of the Voice of America (VOA) as well as its correspondents and staff.
Source gathered that more than 20 telecommunication masts of MTN, Airtel, Etilsalat and Glo were set ablaze in Maiduguri and Bama in Borno State as well as Damaturu and Potiskum in Yobe State on Tuesday.
The development hampered communication and affected business transactions in the affected areas while many employees of the telecommunication companies have fled.
“Why we are fighting the Nigerian government and its collaborators, including telecommunication companies. We would continue attacking them (telecoms) until the time they stopped releasing information about our activities.
“We have also established that through its various programmes, the VOA has launched a campaign of calumny against Islam. We have resolved to fight back by tracking and killing its employees. Any employee of the VOA that wants to remain alive must quit,” Boko Haram warned.