There was confusion on Monday afternoon as gunshots rang out around the Government House, Kaduna. It was later found out that one of the Directors of the Kaduna State Government that had been mistaken for a suicide bomber. The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Bala Nasarawa shed more light on the incident in a statement issued later in the day. Excerpts: Today, 13thFebruary, 2012, at about 1328 hours, a combined team of security personnel attached to Government House main gate, Kaduna, intercepted a Toyota Corrola Saloon car with Kaduna state official Reg. No. Kaduna KD-06-A 04. The driver drove dangerously in a suspicious manner towards the Government House gate. The security personnel stopped the lone occupant but instead of stopping, he forced himself through the exit gate and found his way into the Government House.
The security agencies thereafter, opened fire and shot the suspect on the leg and the lower abdominal part of his body.
The suspect was later identified as Pastor Isuwa Kiforo (M) of no. 7, Abba Rimi road, Narayi, Kaduna, who is the Director, Finance and Administration, Ministry of Information, Kaduna state.
He was rushed to 44 Army Reference Hospital, Kaduna, for treatment, after he was given first aid by a team of medical personnel attached to the Government House.
The vehicle was thoroughly searched in my presence by our anti-bomb disposal experts and nothing incriminating was recovered. In essence, neither weapon nor explosives were found in it. Investigation into the case has commenced.
Bala Magaji Nasarawa, Kaduna state Commissioner of Police