An explosion went off yesterday while President Muhammadu Buhari was delivering his nationwide Democracy Day speech. A powerful explosion believed to be from a suicide car bomb on sunday rocked a military checkpoint along the Biu-Damaturu road, killing unspecified number of persons. A source states that five people were killed when an improvised explosive device exploded. Preliminary investigations shows that the IED was buried long time ago undetected. It exploded when the tricycle known as “Keke NAPEP” unknowingly stepped on an Improvise Explosive Device (IED) planted by the side of Biu -Damboa road close to a military checkpoint at the outskirts of Biu town, Borno State.”
The Nigerian military spokesman Sani Usman said in a statement that “The IED exploded instantly killing four persons comprising of a woman with her baby and two other male adults,” Usman added that a soldier was injured by the blast but later died in hospital. Vanguard reports that the same checkpoint had been hit by bomb blast in the past believed to be from the dreaded Boko Haram sect. Residents of Nyanya area of the city in Abuja had been on red alert following the twin bombings at the thought another attack was underway after a loud explosion was heard at the Kurudu, Jikoyi community of the city’s outskirts, with residents in the area reportedly running for safety.
“The general area has been cordoned off and Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) team from Forward Operation Base (FOB) in Buratai have been mobilized to carryout further search of the area.” Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman “We commiserate with the families of the victims of this sad incident. This unfortunate development has brought to the fore, the need for more security consciousness and vigilance among all.” He also states that “We would like to reiterate that the explosion would not deter us from seeing to the end of Boko Haram terrorists wherever they might be hiding through our ongoing clearance operations.”