Boko Haram claims responsibility for Lagos blast

Abubakar Shekau, self acclaimed Boko Haram leader
Abubakar Shekau, self acclaimed Boko Haram leader

The Lagos State government had claimed the attack was not caused by a bomb

The extremist group, Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for a deadly blast that killed at least two people at a fuel depot in Lagos June 25.

The explosion followed an earlier one same day at Emab plaza in Abuja, in which over 20 people were killed.

The Lagos State government, and the police, denied the blast at Apapa was caused by a bomb, claiming it was a fire incident caused by a canister.

In a new video reported Sunday, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, said he ordered the strike and chided the Lagos governor, Babatunde Fashola, for claiming it was not a bomb, according to the French news agency, AFP.

“A bomb went off in Lagos. I ordered (the bomber) who went and detonated it,” Mr. Shekau said, the news agency reported Sunday.

Similar videos from Boko Haram in the past were first published by AFP Before they were distributed online.

If true, the Lagos blast would be the first confirmed bomb attack launched by the Islamist group in southern Nigeria.

The incident came hours after a bomb had hit the busy shopping Emab plaza in Wuse 2, Abuja.

Speaking to PREMIUM TIMES after the Lagos incident, Ngozi Braide, the Lagos State Police Spokesperson, said the explosion was caused by a tanker conveying petrol.

“There is nothing whatsoever suggesting that it was a bomb explosion, it was a tanker loaded with fuel that burst into flames,” Ms. Braide said.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, attributed the cause of the fire to a gas cylinder explosion.

Ibrahim Farinloye, NEMA Spokesperson, South-West, said that the explosion occurred at 26, off Creek Road, Apapa at about 9:15 p.m.

“People were reported to be filling gas into the cylinder before it exploded,” Mr. Farinloye said.
Boko Haram leader, Shekau, said the claims were a cover-up.

“You said it was a fire incident. Well, if you hide it from people you can’t hide it from Allah,” he said according to AFP, which described Shekau as standing next to at least 10 gunmen in front of two armoured personnel carriers and two pickup trucks.


PT Mag Campaign AD

Support PREMIUM TIMES' journalism of integrity and credibility

Good journalism costs a lot of money. Yet only good journalism can ensure the possibility of a good society, an accountable democracy, and a transparent government.

For continued free access to the best investigative journalism in the country we ask you to consider making a modest support to this noble endeavour.

By contributing to PREMIUM TIMES, you are helping to sustain a journalism of relevance and ensuring it remains free and available to all.


TEXT AD: To advertise here . Call Willie +2347088095401...

NEVER MISS A THING AGAIN! Subscribe to our newsletter

* indicates required


Now available on

  Premium Times Android mobile applicationPremium Times iOS mobile applicationPremium Times blackberry mobile applicationPremium Times windows mobile application

All rights reserved. This material and any other material on this platform may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, written or distributed in full or in part, without written permission from PREMIUM TIMES.