91 killed in separate Boko Haram attacks in Borno

File Photo: Scene of a Boko Haram attack in Borno

Another community was attacked after a twin blast hit Maiduguri

At least 39 persons were killed on Saturday night in the Borno state village of Mainok, 60km away from Maiduguri, the state capital, where a twin blast had killed at least 52 on the same day, security sources and witnesses said.

An officer at the Department Security Service, who asked not to be quoted as he was not authorized to speak said the attack on Mainok also left the farming community completely razed down.

Mansur Buba, a commercial cab driver in Mainok said he participated Sunday afternoon in the burial of those killed in the attack.

“I was so lucky to escape the attack because I had to convey passengers to Maiduguri and pass the night there; the attackers arrived Mainok less than an hour after I left, but sadly some of my cousins were not lucky. The gunmen rounded up the village and began to shoot, setting fire on buildings. Many people were injured as well; some are fleeing as I am talking to you now. I had to quickly leave Mainok for Maiduguri because there is fear everywhere”, said Mr. Buba.

Borno state Police Commissioner, Tanko Lawan, did not respond to calls to his phone.

Maiduguri blasts

Many travellers from Maiduguri are said to have shelved their journey as Mainok lies on the highway leading to Kano the largest city in northern Nigeria. It shares same Local government with Banisheik which is just 10km further.

Both Mainok and Benisheik, located West of Maiduguri have suffered several attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents especially within last year.

The attack on Mainok coincided with the twin blasts that rocked Ajilari suburb of Maiduguri on Saturday evening.

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter who visited the scene of the blasts was told by witnesses that 51 persons died as a result, while several others got injured.

A Red Cross official confirmed that children made the top list of the casualties.

A leader of the Civilian-JTF, Hassan Ali, said the bombs detonated from two different vehicles.

“The first blast came from a pickup van carrying firewood, and the second from a Volkswagen Golf Salon car,” he said.

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Mr. Ali said the first driver drove into a street called Bintu-Suga and packed, and then hurriedly moved into one of the shops as if he was trying to buy something, then the pickup exploded. Few people including the driver died and many were injured.

“As we were trying to rescue injured persons, then boom, the second one went off but this time killing and injuring more people,” he said.

Close to the scene of the blast was a cinema where a DJ was also playing music for fun seekers at a wedding reception.

Some of the youth who laboured all night to rescue the victims trapped under rubble insisted that there were people under the fallen walls but have no facilities to dig under, Mr. Ali said.

Another eyewitness said the second bomber in the Volkswagen Golf was seen abandoning his car and snatching a tricycle from a spectator, with which he attempted fleeing.

 

“Everyone was confused thinking the man acted out of fear, but in less than 30 seconds after, the car he abandoned exploded, so we then saw him abandoning the tricycle and continued fleeing on foot. That was when some of us raised alarm and rounded him up,” said a Civilian-JTF member, who identified himself as Isa Adamu.

The Maiduguri blasts has angered the youth who now accuse the government of weakening the Civilian-JTF by training some of them and giving them uniforms under the government scheme called Borno Youth Empowerment Scheme (BOYES).

The angry youth argue that paying some few members of the Civilian-JTF stipend as BOYES officials, had dampened the spirit of the “real Civilian-JTF” who would in the past go after members of Boko-Haram.

More corpses under rubbles

Borno state deputy governor, Zannah Mustapha, visited the scene of the blasts amidst tight security to sympathize with the residents.

Briefing the deputy governor, spokesman for community, Bukar Modu, said the explosions had killed 46 persons on the spot, while six others died later in the hospital.

Mr. Modu added that “unspecified numbers of corpses were still under the rubbles of the destroyed buildings”.

The deputy governor who expressed his sympathy said he was directed to visit by Governor Kashim Shettima who was on an official assignment.

Mr. Mustapha instructed the caretaker Chairman of Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, Mr. Kadiri Rahis, to “liaise with the people in order to compile comprehensive names of surviving victims currently being treated at various hospitals for immediate assistance”.

He also assured the people that “when the governor returns, a committee would be constituted to look into the issue and see how best government can assist everyone affected.

He also promised that “those involved in the search for more corpses would be provided with excavator to dig into the rubbles in order to make their work easier”.


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  • concernednigerian

    We need to hear from the leaders of thought of the far-North how they want the Boko Haram issue to be handled. It is no use for you to say Jonathan is the President since we know of your discomfort at earlier attempts to use the military to flush out the insurgents. We have heard of threats to military leaders that you would drag them to the Hague. Please let the Junaids of this world tell us how they want the way forward. The President should not be expected to use the full force at his disposal without the cooperation of the communal leadership. Talk now.

    • Dan maikoko

      Well I have a simple answer for you. The constitution said in its first article that the primary responsibility of the Nigerian government is the security of the lives of its citizens. Nigerian citizens have just been mass-murdered as has been the case since GEJ came to power. So is the president willing and able (this time) to fish out the killers, punish them, and guarantee the lives and property of those alive today?
      But should you insist that the Junaids of this world should chart the way forward then remember that Jonaid was not elected president in 2011, he does not have command of the SSS or the army, he does not control the trillion naira defense budget. So if you insist Jonaid solve the problem then tell the president to give him the means.
      If with all the human and material resources available to this president he cant put together people who will proffer useful ideas in solving this crisis, then he should do the honorable thing and resign.

      • Excisionist

        The national security adviser (NSA) in the person of Col. Dasuki has been mandated by the president to do all that is necessary to stop the mayhem. But is he loyal to the president or to the Northern Islamic Oligarchs? I doubt that he is loyal to the president. Do you expect the president to carry guns and chase BH about?

        I suspect that the NSA is working for APC and Northern Islamists in a coordinated assult to make the president loo weakand attract disgusting comments like yours. It’s all part of the program to bring the presidency back to
        the Islamic North. In doing this they are willing to sacrifice the blood
        of innocent civilians, including innocent school children while their
        own children are safe abroad.

        How long will ordinary northerners stand this evil

        It is time to change the totaliy inept and compromised NSA Col. Dasuki. For his
        replacement the president may consider Great Ogboru, Colonel Anthony
        Nyiam (rtd) or Prof. Saliba Mukoro.

        • arewethishopeless

          You logic is so stup*d …

          Go back to the drawing board and think up another one ….

          • concernednigerian

            It is not stupid. What do you want save the resignation of the President?

      • concernednigerian

        The President has put together enough people from the affected area to proffer solution to the crisis. In case you’re not abreast of events: the National Security Adviser, the Chief of Defence Staff and the Inspector-General of Police are all from the affected area. If these people are incapable of formulating a strategy to deal with the situation, then provide others who are more ‘intelligent’ to deal with the situation. Or is your quest to seek the President’s resignation more important to you than the lives of your people who are slaughtered on a daily basis by your fellow brothers called Boko Haram?

    • plainly

      Efforts have been made through various channels by pple from the affected areas to advise govt on how to tackle the issue but the presidency has mischievously refused to lend its ear to them.

  • Excisionist

    Time to change the NSA, Col. Dasuki

    It is wrong to blame GEJ for the insecurity in the country,
    especially in the North East Zone. The national security adviser (NSA)
    has been mandated by the president to do all that is necessary to stop
    the mayhem. But is he loyal to the president or to the Northern Islamic
    Oligarchs? I doubt that he is loyal to the president.

    The NSA is Army Colonel Dasuki (rtd) whom I suspect is working for APC
    and Northern Islamists in a coordinated assult to make the president
    seem weak. It’s all part of the program to bring the presidency back to
    the Islamic North. In doing this they are willing to sacrifice the blood
    of innocent civilians, including innocent school children while their
    own children are safe abroad.

    How long will ordinary northerners stand this evil

    It is time to
    change the totaliy inept and compromised NSA Col. Dasuki. For his
    replacement the president may consider Great Ogboru, Colonel Anthony
    Nyiam (rtd) or Prof. Saliba Mukoro.

    • plainly

      One of the foolishness of some SE/SSners is the false belief that BH is a northern agenda to make the country ungovernable for GEJ. Its rather a way of trying to cover for his failures in providing the country with its basic needs. DUMMIES.

  • ayoyo

    Where are those Northern Elders who went to US and convinced
    US government not to label BK as a terrorist organization a while ago?

    • Olajide_Nigeria

      They are now overwhelmed by the killings. They have now buried their heads in shame and fear.

  • SoCal

    Nigeria is quietly imploding.

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    • Excisionist

      It is very easy to defeat Boko Haram and their sponsors. Jonathan and the military need to act decisively.

      First of all, does anyone believe that the resurgence of deadly attacks by BH at this very time is an accident? It comes at a time when APC
      and all those who promised to make Jonathan’s term ungovernable and
      those who have their eyes on 2015 election have also stepped up their
      pressure on the president along with Boko Haram
      members in the Nigerian army. Does this not suggest that they are all
      working together in a well coordinated assault? At the same time, we see
      these wicked people laughing at and taunting Jonathan.

      The Solution.
      The president should order the troops back to a well defined defendable frontline.
      This line should be determined by the needs and wishes of the people of
      the area. Northern leaders in the North East and North West want the
      same thing as Boko Haram. They want to be
      governed, not by the constitution of Nigeria but instead by Islamic
      Sharia Law. This wish should be respected in a way that does not
      continuously endanger the lives of Nigerians.

      The frontline

      We know that not all the states where Sharia was declared are predominantly Muslim. For instance, Kaduna, Bauchi, Niger and Gombe states. The Tafawa Balewa parts of Bauchi as well as other predominantly Christian Local Government areas in Bauchi
      and other Sharia states in the Middle Belt are other examples. The
      military should pull back from all predominantly Muslim local
      governments in the North East and North West. They should take along
      with them all Non-Muslim families and resettle them behind the frontline. Likewise, all Muslims in the LGs
      dominated by people of other religions should be moved to predominantly
      Muslim areas northwards. All other Muslims who want to live by Sharia
      law in all other states (especially the new breed of wannabe
      fundamentalists Muslims in the South West) should be moved to the
      predominantly Muslim territory in the North East and North West Zones .

      This will result in a situation which the Nigerian
      military is trained to deal with. A situation where it is easy to
      identify and locate the enemy as against living with and protecting
      people who will slip out at odd times and go to shoot their protectors
      as well as innocent and unarmed civilians, students, Youth Corpers, farmers, women, children etc. A secure border should be established and anything moving south from that should be shot.

      This kind of population movement is not new.
      It happened in India when they were having exactly similar problem as
      Nigeria today. This is the only way to defeat Boko Haram
      and their other sponsors, one of the major sponsors having been
      suspended from his source of fund. Jonathan needs to act speedily.

      excisionists.
      Copenhagen