Three Suicide Bombers Die In Maiduguri Blast

Gas explosion, Cooking gasThree suicide bombers have lost their lives early on Friday morning, in an attempt to detonate Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped to their bodies in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital.

The explosion occurred on Damboa road, near a petrol station in Maiduguri.

The suicide bombing was said have been carried out by two girls and a boy.

The first, occurred at about 3:00 am, while eyewitnesses reported seeing the other girl and a boy hiding under a tanker in the early hours of the morning.

They both later detonated their suicide vests while civilian security volunteers were trying to persuade them to come out from hiding and cast off their IEDS.

According to the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), three petrol tankers were said to have been destroyed as a result of the explosion.

The Borno state Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, said the corpses have been evacuated.

Damboa, one of the entry points into the city has recorded at least three bomb explosions in the past.

In February, a police man died and another one was injured by bandits while on patrol around Kubuwa village, also in Damboa local government of Borno state.

The ambush was the second in two days as a military convoy had been attacked the previous day, along the same Damboa road with casualties from both the military and civilian side.

One Dead As Boko Haram Ambush Police In Borno

One Dead As Boko Haram Ambush Police In BornoA police man has died with another one injured by bandits while on patrol around Kubuwa village in Damboa local government of Borno state.

According to a statement issued by the Police Public Relations Officer Borno state command, the men were ambushed in a police patrol vehicle from the Biu Area Command on investigation duty to Maiduguri, at about 10:30 pm on Tuesday.

The affected policemen have been taken to the Damboa General hospital and the injured policeman is responding to treatment.

Tuesday’s ambush was the second in two days as a military convoy had been attacked on Saturday along the same Damboa road with casualties from both the military and civilian side.

Earlier on the same day, a suicide bomber had detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the Dalori quarters in Maiduguri, killing two people.

Police Begin Arrest Of Street Beggars In Maiduguri

Street Beggars, Police, MaiduguriOperatives of the Borno State Police Command have begun to arrest street beggars in Maiduguri, the state’s capital.

The action follows a directive by the Commissioner of Police, Damian Chukwu, that beggars be kept off major streets across Borno State in northeast Nigeria.

The influx of beggars and hawkers, who are mostly women and children, has been a major concern to motorists as the beggars accost them at stop lights, especially around the popular CP junction.

The CP junction is one of the busiest in Maiduguri at any time of the day, as it links Damboa road, GRA, Open Air Theatre and Post Office areas to other parts of the city.

Target For Suicide Attacks

The spokesman for the police, Mr Victor Isuku, disclosed that more men have been deployed to the area from the GRA division to enforce the CP’s order.

“The Commissioner of Police envisage that the beggars are not only a nuisance but also constitute risk as suicide bombers can easily pose as beggars and blow up in the traffic.” Isuku stated.

Meanwhile, operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have also been deployed to the area in addition to the traffic wardens originally on the beat.

Independent investigations revealed that the increased security presence was as a result of recent intelligence information which indicated that the CP junction was a target for suicide attacks.

Security operatives arrested a suicide bomber on December 26, 2016 after a foiled mission in a cattle market in Maiduguri.

The suspect confessed that other suicide bombers had already infiltrated the town.

Twin Explosion Leaves At Least Five Dead In Maiduguri

maiduguri blastsAt least nine people have died and 24 others injured after two loud explosions rocked Maiduguri around 7:10am on Saturday.

A blast occurred at the Bakassi camp for Internally Displaced Persons while the second went off at the NNPC station along Damboa road in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

Unconfirmed sources say two female suicide bombers detonated the explosives in a gathering of women who were going to the farm.

The injured have been evacuated to hospitals for treatment.

Explosion At Muna Garage

The blasts came barely three weeks after an explosion killed eight with 15 persons injured in Muna garage, Borno State capital, where a suicide bomber was said to have joined a cab before detonating the IED, killing herself and other occupants.

The Police said the ill-fated cab was about joining the convoy of hundreds of vehicles to be escorted by security operatives to the border town of Gamboru Ngala when the explosion occurred.

A witness, Adamu Garbam, said the vehicle had already made moves to join the convoy when the explosion occurred.

The number of casualties was confirmed by the spokesman, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Sani Datti.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Saturday morning twin explosion yet.



Army Rescues Bama Emir’s Wife From Boko Haram Insurgents

Army, Bama, Boko HaramThe Nigerian Army has rescued the abducted wife of the Emir of Bama, a town overran by the Boko Haram insurgents in Borno State, northeast Nigeria.

The mother of five was forcefully snatched from her husband’s domain in September 2014 with two of her kids, a teenage boy and his baby sister.

General Officer Commanding, 7th Division, Major General Victor Ezugwu, handed over the rescued woman to the Emir, Kyari Umar Ibn Elkanemi, in a private family ceremony.

The Borno State Deputy Governor, Usman Durkwa, and wife of Governor Kashim Shettima, Nana were also there to witness the presentation.

However, journalists were barred from covering proceedings at the family compound of the Emir along the old GRA in Maiduguri, where the monarch has been taking refuge ever since Bama was dislodged.

Family sources said that the rescued woman who is in her forties was rescued along Damboa road, following ongoing military operations in the area.

The rescued woman who returned with only one of the kids she was abducted with, reportedly told family members that her teenage son was gruesomely murdered by the insurgents.

It was a tearful reunion as the abductee reunited with her other kids and family members.

Boko Haram Commander is my nephew – Senator

The Director-General of the State Security Services (SSS), Ita Ekpeyong has invited the Senator from whose home officials of the Joint Task Force (JTF) in Maiduguri arrested a Boko Haram member.

Senator Ahmed Zanna, representing Borno Central Senatorial district, has denied the allegation that the Boko Haram member was arrested in his house.

The Joint Task Force, JTF, had on Thursday announced the arrest of a suspected terrorist sect leader, Shuaib Mohammed Bama in Maiduguri, the Borno capital, describing him as “a high profile Boko Haram Commander who has been on the list of wanted terrorists operating between Bama and Maiduguri.”

The SSS later linked Mr Bama to “a serving senator’s house along Damboa Road, GRA Maiduguri.”

The Senator, who was later identified as Ahmed Zanna, representing Borno Central Senatorial district, has denied the allegation that the Boko Haram member was arrested in his house.

Mr Zanna, who spoke in Abuja, said there is a high level plot to frame him. He confirmed that he had been invited by the SSS.

“Since my house was searched and the JTF made the announcement, I have not been contacted by security agencies. But it was only this morning (Sunday), I saw a text that the SSS DG will want to see me on Monday. I will honour the invitation.”

“What I am suspecting is that they want to frame me up.”

He denied any link to the Boko Haram sect, saying although the suspect is his nephew; he was not arrested in his apartment.

He said the suspect was arrested in a house belonging to a former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff.

The embattled Senator confirmed that the Boko Haram suspect is his “sister’s son”, who he had long kept at arm’s length.

“He beats up my children; he abuses my friends. He came to my house, so I sent him away. That was about a year ago. And for whatever reason I don’t know, he came to my house last week and I said he should leave the house,” Mr Zanna said.

“Some time ago, he even threatened to kill his mother. So, the mother was not even feeling comfortable living with him. And he narrated that to me. That is why I also do not want him to be near me.

“I don’t know him to be a Boko Haram member. Never, never, I do not know him to be a member of Boko Haram.”

Mr Zanna said the JTF had been scheming to frame him because he has always criticized their officials who go about the state committing terrible human rights abuses in the name of hunting Boko Haram insurgents.

“On Thursday, they went to my house. I was in Warri at that time; I went for an oversight function. My wife called me; she said the army people were at our gate. Actually, they went with four armoured vehicles and about 40 of them came to my house.

“They searched all the rooms and when they went to the children’s room, they broke all their cabinets and searched everywhere. When they could not find anything, then they assembled all the boys in my building, took them out and put them under the scorching sun. Actually, before doing that, they beat them up. We had to take them to hospital later.

“Under this traumatized condition, they asked them whether they know one Shuaib Bama. They said, of course, they know when they see him.

“One of them was asked to go and show them where he is living. As they were going, when they were about to reach the house, they stopped. In fact, they blindfolded the boy. And one of the officers asked one of the personnel to come down so that they should follow him to the house without the boy telling them where the house is.

“So, as they started going, the other officer sitting down asked him: ‘If you know the house, then why should we pick this boy?’ And after some arguments, they went to the house and arrested the boy.

“Contrary to the claim of the JTF, the boy was arrested on Rabi Street, off Damboa Road. And the, the house belongs to Senator Ali Modu Sheriff. Before, the house belonged to one Abba Mala, a Cameroonian. And later, he sold it to late Tijjani Banki and Sheriff bought from Tijjani Banki.

“I reacted because they said they arrested the boy in the house of a serving Senator along Damboa Road and I am the one living along Damboa Road.

“I really do not understand why they did all these. I am confused. If they want to frame me up, they have failed in that one because they did not get that boy in my house. I have nothing to do with it. Let them go and ask the person where the boy was staying. So, they should not have mentioned my house.”

“This story emanating from the JTF is actually as a result of an interview which I carried out in BBC last week – asking for their withdrawal from the state because they are not working according to the rules of engagement.

“I noticed that they are just killing innocent people, killing them unnecessarily, harassing their families, extorting money. All these have been going on and I became so concerned. Particularly, the killing and burning of houses became the order of the day.

“At least, 300 houses were burnt within the last one and a half months. And it will not be an exaggeration for me to say that up to 500 people have been killed by the bullets of the JTF.

“I called for their withdrawal because even Boko Haram cannot do more than that. If they have come to protect us, they are not supposed to eliminate our young ones. Most of the people affected are young ones.

“According to the information I got yesterday, they have started even killing old men. Somebody who was about 70 years old was killed. He was sitting down, listening to a radio and a JTF man came and he said: ‘Baba come’. They just took him to a certain distance and shot him. This is the type of things happening. So, my people are helpless. This warranted me to react.”

The arrest of the suspected Boko Haram Commander is a major breakthrough for the JTF and also gives credence to recent claims by President Goodluck Jonathan that the sect has links with some government officials.

Early this year, President Jonathan disclosed that Boko Haram had infiltrated all levels of government, although he did not give details of those involved.