Suspected members of the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram on Wednesday clashed with members of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Abaganaram ward of Maiduguri the Borno state capital leaving one soldier injured.
The injured soldier was rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) by the JTF patrol vehicle and admitted at the Accident and Emergency (A&E) and Intensive Care Units (ICU) of the hospital at 9.35am.
Five vehicles and six tricycles destroyed were also destroyed in the clash.
Military spokesman Lt. Col. Hassan Mohammed said suspected Boko Haram members detonated a bomb Wednesday morning at about 7.30am at a roadside shop around the Customs Bridge area in the city of Maiduguri.
He said though no one was hurt, the explosion destroyed some cars in the area.
Col. Mohammed pleaded with the members of the public to report any threat to public property to security agents, adding that; “some group of hoodlums claiming to be members of the sect have engaged in the destruction of public property as two schools have been burnt within the metropolis in few days.
OTHER ATTACKS IN ADAMAWA
Meanwhile forty-eight hours after an attack was made by unidentified gunmen at Shuwa divisional police station in Madagali local government area of Adamawa state, another gun battle in Demsa local government area of the state has left one policeman dead.
Reports from the Adamawa state police command says the attackers, who were described as unknown gunmen went into the Demsa police division and opened fire on the policemen on duty and a cross fire ensued.
The gunmen were said to have killed one police corporal, identified as Lukman Abdullahi while the police equally killed one of the attackers.
Adamawa state police public relations officer, ASP Altine Daniel who confirmed the incident disclosed that the police station which was attacked late in the evening on Tuesday was not destroyed adding that the riffle of the deceased police officer however was taken away.
Suspected Boko Haram militants, on Sunday night, attacked the Shuwa Divisional Police Station in Madagali Local Government Area of Adamawa State, killing three police officers.
Agency reports said that locally made Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were used in the attack that occurred at about 8pm local time. Resident in Shuwa village said that they heard a loud explosion and gunshots and saw two dead persons killed by rampaging militants as they attacked a local police station.
Madagali Local Government shares common border with Borno state where the activities of Boko Haram started some few years ago. The Adamawa State Police Command has confirmed the attack, saying that three Police corporals attached to the Division were killed while many others including an Inspector sustained varying degrees of injuries.
Boko Haram had earlier on Sunday claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of the Church of Christ in Nigeria’s (COCIN) headquarters in Jos. Three people were reportedly killed in the Sunday morning blast that left several others injured.
After two postponements, the people of Adamawa state on Saturday came out to decide who will be the next occupant of the Dougirei Government House as governor.
However, Channels Television correspondents who are monitoring the accreditation and elections process report that the turnout of voters is low as the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) attended to a few registered voters.
Five political parties are in the battle to produce the new governor of the state.
The parties are the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), African Democratic Congress (ADC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Voting commenced an hour later than the scheduled time of 12 noon. The Incumbent governor, Murtala Nyako casted his vote at Haman Yaro ward in Mayo Belwa Local Government area.
Speaking to journalists shortly after casting his vote, Mr Nyako who is seeking a re-election, said “Adamawa state will experience all-round transformation if he is re-elected for a second term.”
The alternate chairman of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Festus Okoye who led a team of Independent Election Monitoring Group said that the turnout of voters is average.
He expressed optimism that the peaceful conduct of the election will be translated into the general good of the state.