Boko Haram Claims Entry Into Lagos With Apapa Blast

shekau JulyA worrisome report has purportedly been posted by Abubakar Shekau, the leader of the islamists insurgent group, Boko Haram online claiming they have made incursion into Lagos, South West Nigeria.

The video, AFP claimed, made available to them, shows Shekau claiming responsibility for the explosion which he said the Police and the Lagos State Government said resulted from gas cylinder.

Shekau said “I ordered the bomber to detonate the explosive.”

The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Umar Manko, had dispelled the claims as mere industrial accident and that the incident had nothing to do with Boko Haram activities.

Mr. Manko asked Lagosians to carry on with their daily activities and as far as Lagos State was concerned there was nothing to fear as regard Boko Haram attacks.

Shekau has now been quoted to have said “A bomb went off in Lagos. I ordered (the bomber) who went and detonated it.

“You said it was a fire incident, well, if you hide it from people you cannot hide it from Allah.”

Claiming responsibility for the bombing of Lagos, the leader of Boko Haram sect also said that the sect was responsible for the Abuja bombings that killed many people at Emah Plaza, located in the Federal Capital Territory.

“We were the ones who detonated the bomb in filthy Abuja,” Shekau said.

Petrol Depot Explodes In Apapa, Claims Two Buildings

A local petroleum depot exploded in Apapa local government area of Lagos state on Tuesday claiming two buildings, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said .

The explosion, which occurred at 12 and 14 of Edmor street by Wilmer crescent in Olodi, Apapa, claimed no lives but resulted in the evacuation of the occupants of the buildings.

According to the Information and Public Relations Officer of NEMA, Ibrahim Farinloye, other emergency agencies were also involved in putting out the fire.

Mr Farinloye, who said that the state and federal fire services were called to respond to the emergency as soon as they were informed, faulted the location of the depot.

“I think it’s carelessness by the management of the depot” because erecting such a structure in a densely populated residential area is wrong, he said.

He stressed that residents should have protested such in the first place.

A Divisional Police Officer who visited the scene on Wednesday morning declined to comment stating that he was not authorised to do so.