Abuja bomb explosion
A female suicide bomber arrested by a vigilante group in the North East, popularly known as the Civilian JTF, has revealed that 50 female suicide bombers have been unleashed on Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, with the mandate of hitting no fewer than 100,000 people before the end of December 2014.
The female suicide bomber, who was handed over to security operatives, according to members of the Civilian JTF, was unable to detonate the bomb strapped to her before she was arrested.
Also, troops on Tuesday morning repelled what could have been a deadly attack by the Boko Haram insurgents in Konduga Local Government Area of Borno State.
Nigerian Tribune gathered that the insurgents came into the town at about 5am, but met a strong Army, which battled them out.
It could be observed, however, that tension was very high in Maiduguri, to the effect that students of the University of Maiduguri had to undergo serious checks by security operatives before they were allowed into the campus.
A ban on students entering the campus with vehicles was also imposed, as only lecturers were allowed into the institution with their vehicles after rigorous checking and identification.
The Civilian JTF also were put on red alert, as rumour had it that female suicide bombers now prowl Maiduguri with the intention of detonating bombs at large gatherings.
It will be recalled that already, four female suicide bombers had claimed the lives of over 100 people in two incidents at the Maiduguri Monday Market recently.
Speaking to one of the security operatives at the Gate Two of the University of Maiduguri, he said a successful attack on Konduga meant the insurgents could easily take over Maiduguri as they attempted to do in Damaturu, Yobe State on Monday.
According to him, the soldiers were doing everything possible to ensure that the insurgents did not get the slightest opportunity of launching an attack on Maiduguri.
A witness said the explosion occurred at about 4pm.
Emaba Plaza is a busy shopping mall in the highbrow area of
Nigeria’s capital city, on Aminu kano crescent.
The explosion apparently occurred at the gate of the busy plaza.
many cars are still ablaze. Emergency workers are still arriving
The explosion occurred on a day Nigeria is playing Argentina in the FIFA world cup going on in Brazil.
More details later.
At 6:45AM today, the densely populated Nyanya town, a suburb of Abuja was thrown into pandemonium and tears by the multiple bomb explosions that rocked her. Already more than 70 people have been reported dead and more than 120 others are lying helplessly in pains in a government hospital in Abuja. The Boko Haram sect has been responsible for most attacks in the northern part of Nigeria.
Following today’s attack on Nyanya, AFRICA THISDAY has called on the government to make tomorrow a NO WORK DAY for Abuja residents to help the city mourn the victims of the Nyanya attack in this Easter period.
In a memo sent to major media houses in Abuja by AFRICA THISDAY this afternoon, the online news-blog advocated for a citizen-participation in the fight against terrorism. “Terrorism has become the first enemy of Nigeria having overtaken the government in position. There is an urgent need for Nigerians to network for a radical revolution against these rascals called islamic extremists and their sponsors. Its time to defile protocols and bring jungle justice on whoever that is associated with Boko Haram. They are fighting the people, the people must fight them back because the government has proved impotent in protecting the people”. The memo read in part.
The memo went further to read thus: “Africa Thisday sends out our heartfelt condolences to the families and friends of the victims of Nyanya bomb explosion and calls on government to declare a NO WORK DAY tomorrow, Tuesday, 5th April 2014 in Abuja to enable relatives and friends to mourn this Black Monday.”