Barely 24 hour, after the Chief of Defence staff, General Abayomi Olonishakin boasted dat Boko Haram has been totally dismantled/deafeated, not less than eight persons were killed in early Saturday morning in a twin bomb attack in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The attack which reportedly echoed across the city, occurred at two different spots, about 1km apart.
According to Premiun Times, the first blast went off at about 7a.m. at a coffee drinking spot near the Bakassi IDP camp, along the popular Maiduguri-Biu road.
“Six persons were reportedly killed in the blast and have been evacuated to the hospital,” said Yunus Musa, a resident of the area.
Shortly after that, at about 7.35a.m., another blast went off in a tricycle near the NNPC fuel depot along Damboa Road, killing a woman and the rider. It was not clear who the bomber was between the woman and the tricycle driver.
Confirming the incident, the Deputy Director Army Relations of the 7 Division of ‘Operation Lafiya Dole, Col. Mustapha Anka, in a statement release said eight people died in the twin explosion.
The statement reads; “At about 7.05am this morning, there were twin simultaneous suicide bomb explosions at the entrance of Bakassi Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camp and NNPC Mega Filling Station, Damboa Road, Maiduguri.
“At the Bakassi IDPs camp, a suspected female suicide bomber ran into group of men and women at the entrance while they were coming out of the camp, killing 5 men and injured 11 women.
The bodies of the dead men and the injured women have been evacuated.
“At the NNPC, a female suicide bomber followed a fuel tanker in Keke NAPEP tricycle with the sole aim of gaining entry to cause maximum damage and casualty but was prevented from gaining access to the station by another vehicle. In that process, the suicide bomber exploded killing the 3 occupants of the tricycle. No reported injured persons at this instance.
“Troops and security agencies have been mobilised and the injured have been evacuated while efforts are on going to comb the general area as well as entries and exits of Maiduguri.
“While we commiserate with the families of the late victims of this cruel act and wish those injured speedy recovery, we would like to assure the public that efforts are on going to track those behind the dastardly acts.
However, it is equally important to reiterate the need for more vigilance and security consciousness among all. Citizens are enjoined to report any suspicious persons or movements to the security agencies”. Anka said.
He however said, the Acting GOC 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Uzugwu have already visited the place and assured the people to be calm as concerted efforts towards safety of lives and property.