Explosions Hit Borno State Killing 1, Injuring Many 

Moses Ofodeme

Two explosions have rocked Borno’s capital of Maiduguri barely 24 hours after Boko Haram insurgents unleashed an attack on the convoy of Borno State Governor, Babagana Zulum.

According to Maiduguri residents, the first blast was said to have occurred at about 6 pm around the Gunge area of Maiduguri while the second one took place at a car depot in the capital.

The Borno Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, on Thursday, July 30, confirmed the death of one person with 16 others injured following three explosions in Maiduguri metropolis.

Aliyu said that the actual cause of the explosions was yet to be ascertained; but Police teams had been dispatched to the areas.

He said: “We have dispatched our Explosive Ordinance Detection (EOD) to investigate the incidents; and to determine whether it was an Improvised Explosive Device(IED).

“Right now, I am at the Specialist Hospital where we have 16 casualties and one dead so far.”

Security personnel comprising the Army, Police; Rapid Response Squad, Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF); and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen rushing to the scene to restore normalcy.

The Nigerian Army on Thursday, July 30, had pledged to ensure the arrest of the Boko Haram terrorists who attacked the convoy of Borno State governor, Babagana Zulum, on Wednesday.

Zulum was attacked on his way to some internally displaced person camps in Baga; a town under Kukawa Local Government Area on Wednesday night.

However, a statement issued by the army spokesperson, Sagir Musa, on Thursday, stated that details of the incident were still sketchy and under investigation.

He said, “The convoy of the governor of Borno State, Prof Babagana Zulum, came under Boko Haram terrorist fire; while visiting Baga town on the 29th of July 2020. The Executive governor had earlier paid a visit to the Commander, 19 Brigade at the Nigerian Army Super Camp, Baga; where he was fully briefed about the prevailing security situation in the general area.

“The unfortunate incident occurred shortly after the governor and his entourage departed the Super Camp to visit other parts of Baga town. The incident forced the governor to abort his planned movement to Baga.

“Although details of the unfortunate incident are sketchy and under investigation; efforts are ongoing to comb the area where the incident occurred with a view to track down; and deal decisively with the attackers.

“An investigation is also in progress to identify the circumstances that led to the attack.”

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