Five days, five cities, seven bombs

By Emmanuel Ogala

In what appears to be another peak of Boko Haram’s sustained attacks on defenceless Nigeria, seven bomb explosions have rocked five cities, targeting media houses, universities and police officers.
This avalanche of attacks began on Thursday last week when a Bomb explosion rocked Thisday offices in Abuja, Kaduna, simultaneously at 1100 hours killing at least five.
The Abuja attack was a suicide mission according to a narration of How the suicide bomber struck at THISDAY, by SSS.
The State Secret Service (SSS) claimed only three people died in the Abuja attack but officers of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said four.
The Kaduna explosion occurred in a building housing some media houses which included Thisday, The Sun and The Moment. Eyewitnesses put the casualty rate from the Kaduna bomb blast at 10 but Police confirm 3 dead, 25 injured in Kaduna bomb blasts.
The Kaduna bomber was caught. You can see the Face of the Suspected Kaduna bomber (Viewer discretion advised).
Later that day, Another bomb blast hits Kaduna, in the Unguwar Muazu area. No casualty was reported.
Just before the last bombing of the day, Boko Haram spoke to Premium Times, claiming responsibility for the attacks and explained Why we attacked THISDAY.
That same night, Boko Haram bombed the Gombe State University with explosives planted in the school’s senate building. No life was lost in that attack. Bombing of Senate building won’t affect academic activities at Gombe University, the VC said.
Friday, the bombers sat back, apparently to re strategize but the National Security Adviser, Andrew Owoye Azazi, whose office is charged with the responsibility of developing and implementing security policies that will ensure the safety of all Nigerians waxed political.
NSA Azazi blamed PDP for Boko Haram attacks at the South-South Economic summit in Asaba. He apparently has not known peace since then because Azazi under fire for blaming PDP for Boko Haram attacks.
On Saturday, President Goodluck Jonathan visited the Abuja site of the blast where he repeatedly condemned the attack in his usual manner of responding to affronts from the sect that has declared war against the country and have ceaselessly killed more than a thousand Nigerians in the past two years.
On Sunday morning, the bombers returned with both bombs and guns to Bayero University Kano. After bombing worshiping Christians in the campus, the bombers stayed back, firing survivors with machine guns for about 30 minutes. When they left, Death toll in Kano university bombing hits 15, including university dons and students.
But the bombers are never deterred by condemnations. On Monday, the bombers tested their prowess in slightly new territory, targeting the convoy of Taraba state police commissioner.
The commissioner escaped the attacks but 10 (were) feared dead, several injured in Jalingo blast.
As the president prepares to sign off more condemnation speeches, Nigerians live under perpetual fear knowing the government have no plans to wrestle Boko Haram and end the bloodshed. 


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