Fresh Maiduguri Bomb Blasts Kill 20, Many Injured As Residents Arrest Suspected Boko Haram Bomber in Birnin Kebbi

Fresh multiple explosions, which hit Maiduguri, the Borno State capital on Tuesday, killed no fewer than 20 persons and left many others injured.

This came even as vigilante Birnin Kebbi residents apprehended a man suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect and disguised in female attire. gathered that the Maiduguri blasts followed attacks carried out by suicide bombers.

The bombers attacked a local community, Ajilari Cross, in the troubled northeastern state of Nigeria.

This would be the third attack on the community in one month, leaving over 250 residents dead.

The first attack left 214 persons dead, while the second attack claimed 63 persons dead before 20 people lost their lives in the Tuesday attacks, residents said.

They blamed the Borno and Federal governments for not being proactive, alleging that some of the suspected Boko Haram members, who were released by government as well as others who found their way back to town and settled in the area may be behind some of the recent atrocities.

“Some of those people they released are Boko Haram members, they all participated in the 2009 crisis and we know them. They have been threatening the area and made a lot of us flee our homes but we were surprised when we saw some of them pardoned by government”, Umar, one of the residents said.

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According to them, the area which had been peaceful suddenly woke up to all forms of criminality.

The explosion, which occurred about 8:00 pm, Tuesday, forced many residents to flee the area, defying the 9:00 pm curfew.

“We are all confused and people are running helter-skelter. Many people have been killed.

“I don’t know how many as at the time we left but we called some people this morning who told us that they have carried 20 corpses to the state specialist hospital and many other inured ones to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital for treatment”, a resident Mallam Goni Usman.

He said, the rumor making the rounds in the area before the explosion was that the Boko Haram terrorists were training their people in Sambisa Forest, saying “We wonder whether what we have been hearing from the military is correct, because if they are fighting, why are these people regrouping.

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“Last Sallah, they prayed in the Sambisa and even twitted photos and on Facebook. Why is government failing us?”, he queried.

Meanwhile the man suspected to be a member of the Boko Haram sect and disguised in female attire, was apprehended by a vigilante group in Birnin Kebbi.

Alhaji Abubakar Bello, the General Manager of Birnin Kebbi Central Market, who made the disclosure to newsmen in Birnin Kebbi on Wednesday, added that the man was caught within Birnin Kebbi central market with the assistance of traders and customers in the market.

The market manager said that he was unaware of the suspect’s motive of appearing in a complete women’s dress.

“People are now more conscious than ever, as they are conscious of any suspicious movement lurking around,” Bello said.

He said the suspect was apprehended by the vigilante group after an alarm was raised by the people patronising the market.

“We later alerted the security agencies in the state on the development and we handed him over to them for further investigation,” he added.

When contacted, ASP Nafi’u Abubakar, the state police command’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), confirmed the incident.

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Abubakar, however, disclosed that the suspect had a mental problem and was a staff of the state-owned Jega School of Health Technology.

He said that not a single weapon was found on the suspect.

“After the suspect was handed over to us for further investigation, we found out that the suspect either had a mental disorder or was a mad man.

“He will be examined further by medical doctors to ascertain his health condition,” Abubakar added.

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