Fact is emerging how twin explosions rocked Chibok community in Borno State a month after President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government of Nigeria declared victory over Boko Haram Islamic insurgents in the North Eastern part of the country.
Chibok community was where over 270 school girls were allegedly abducted by Boko Haram nearly two years ago.
According to emerging reports, the explosions, suspected to be from female suicide bombers, killed no fewer than 14 people, and injured many others.
The Hausa service of the BBC said one bomber struck at the town’s main market while another went off at a military check point in the early hours of Wednesday.
Chibok has been heavily secured since 2014 when Boko Haram militants carried out a night raid on a government secondary school where they kidnapped the girls.
The Street Reporters gathered that the Chibok market, which was shut since the attack in Chibok School where the female students were abducted by Islamic militants, was only opened yesterday.
The attacks left 24 others seriously injured, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chairman in Chibok, Lawan Pogu, confirmed in Maiduguri.
Pogu said: “The market was opened today, and the suicide bombers hit the market at exactly 12:54 pm. eight persons died on the spot while over 30 persons were rushed to the General hospital Uba in Askira local government with two of the victims in critical condition.”
Another resident of Chibok, Mallum Chibok told Vanguard that, despite the presence of security in Chibok, the Boko Haram insurgents succeeded in attacking the area indicating that, the insurgents were everywhere.
According to him, “We kicked against the reopening of the Chibok market but some people said that normalcy had returned. I cannot understand the reason why government is insisting that normalcy has returned when you can not go to Chibok from Maiduguri through Damboa? The road is still closed because Boko Haram insurgents are still operating 21 kilometres away from Maiduguri.
“Today, they opened the market and we lost 14 persons on the spot with over 30 hospitalized. From what we are being told now as we speak, some of the people who were taken to the hospital gave up as soon as they reach the hospital in Uba from the text massage I just received.
”Look at it, they said another six more people died making the number 14. Since the attack I have received more than 100 calls and more calls and text massages are coming in. This is very unfortunate and unbelieving. It is sad for us.” Chibok said.
All efforts to get confirmation from the Police Public Relations Officer of Borno State Command, Mr. Victor Isuku, proved abortive as his phone lines were inaccessible at press time.
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