Boko Haram Proves IGP Wrong By Multiple Suicide Bombs In Taraba, Which Killed 22 & Injured Many
Another terrorist crisis spring up in Borno State on Sunday June 16, and has claimed no fewer than 30 lives in triple suicide bombing by Boko Haram jihadists in Konduga area of the state. This news broke almost same time as news of three persons killed in fresh outbreak of violence in parts of Jalingo, the Taraba State capital also came to light.
The Inspector General of Police, IGP Mohammed Adamu, who declared, over the weekend that the crime rate in the country has declined, has been shamed by recent happenings. In the Borno incident, three bombers detonated their explosives outside a hall in Konduga, 38 kilometres from the Borno State capital, Maiduguri, where football fans were watching a match on television.
“The death toll from the attack has so far increased to 30. We have over 40 people injured,” Usman Kachalla, Head of Operations at the State Emergency Management Agency, SEMA, told the media on Monday.
Ali Hassan, a leader of a self-defence group in the town, claimed the attack occurred around 9pm, Sunday night. According to him, the owner of the viewing centre prevented one of the bombers from entering the packed venue. “There was a heated argument between the operator and the bomber who blew himself up, also killing the operator,”.
While, two other bombers, who mixed with the crowd at a tea stand, also detonated their vests, and so most of the victims were those who were outside the soccer viewing centre, Hassan said, ‘’nine people died on the spot, including the operator, and 48 were injured.”
Kachala said the reason why the casualty rate is high is because the emergency didn’t respond early to the blast area, and they were also ill-equipped to deal with large number of wounded persons. “Lack of an appropriate health facility to handle such huge emergency situation, and the delay in obtaining security clearance to enable us deploy from Maiduguri in good time led to the high death toll,” he said.
No group immediately claimed responsibility, but the attack has all traits of Boko Haram activities, which has led a decade-long campaign to establish a hard line Islamic state in North East Nigeria.
Meanwhile, 3 were killed in Jalingo, Taraba State, and many houses were also burnt as youth from different ethnic groups in the state clashed in the city, on Sunday night. According to a senior government official, the herdsmen had been threatening to invade the town for a while, but security personnel paid no heed to the warnings.
An eye witness, Ibro Bala, said ATC Kofai, an area largely populated by university students, was affected during the crisis, which claimed three lives. He said: “It’s actually a clash between herdsmen and a tribe called Kona. It started about two months ago when the herdsmen attacked them in their local communities. So, yesterday (Sunday), Kona youth went on the rampage in an area called ATC Kofai, at about 2 pm to 5 pm. The youth around there started attacking all the people, burning houses that belong to them. Many people were also killed, while houses and cars were burnt. Security operatives came later, around 7pm, but the boys were still struggling, exchange of gunshot was heard. About five or more cars were burnt down.”
The State Police Command, also confirmed the clash, claiming the attack took place at Tudiri village in Ardo Kola Local Government Area, on the outskirts of Taraba State. Spokesman of the Police command, DSP David Misal, who released a statement, said no life was lost but noted that some shops were looted.
However, according to an eyewitness, who chose to speak anonymously, one person died in the attack. President Buhari has consoled the families of the victims in Taraba State, this he did through a press statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina. Buhari denounced the attacks and stressed that perpetrators of the evil acts will definitely face their judgement, from man, God and the law.
Buhari also implored the security agencies to tackle the unconventional methods which terrorists use to harm and kill innocent people, and also to improve and overcome the security challenges in Nigeria.
Meanwhile, before the attacks, Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had boasted confidently that the crime rate in Nigeria has declined, noting that the successes recorded by the police was as a result of Operation Puff Adder currently going on across the country. The IGP said Operation Puff Adder has recorded an arrest of 424 criminals, made up of kidnappers, murderes and armed robbers across the country between May 10 and June 14, 2019.
According to the IG, 10,860 ammunition of various descriptions and calibre were also recovered, while a total of 301 firearms, including a rocket launcher, AK-47 assault rifles, pistols and locally made gun, were similarly recovered. In addition, 176 suspected cultists were arrested across the country, while 77 stolen vehicles were recovered by Operation Puff Adder operatives nationwide.
“It was also the result of the sacrifice, courage, zeal and exceptional dedication of police commanders and other ranks. We might have taken giant steps against crime and criminality but the battle is still far from over. I, therefore, charge you to sustain the sense of commitment to duty as it represents a sacred call to nation.” The IGP said to senior security officers.
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