Police Patrol Team
By Matthew Onah , Aisha Wakaso in Minna, and Michael Olugbode
Suspected gunmen on Tuesday struck in Adamawa State, targeting police stations and killing one policeman in the process.
The killing of the policeman however came on a day residents of Maiduguri, the Borno State capital had to scamper for safety as gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram engaged soldiers of the Joint Military Task Force (JTF) in a gun duel which lasted for over half an hour.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr. Altine Daniel (ASP), who confirmed the incident, said one of the attackers was equally shot dead.
According to the PPRO, “At about 17:20 hour on Tuesday, some unidentified gunmen attacked the Demsa Divisional Police Station, killing one of our men, identified as CPL Lukman Ahbdullahi, and carting away the A.K47 rifle of the deceased.”
He added that his officers returned fire for fire and one of the attackers was killed, while the quick response of the people of the town to the distress call of the police sent the attackers fleeing.
Daniel said though no arrest had been made, a team of crack detectives were now combing the area to fish out the criminals.
However, the exchange of gunfire in Maiduguri, followed a bomb thrown at a kiosk in the Abaganaram ward of Maiduguri metropolis by the sect.
The blast which happened around 7.30a.m. gave a deafening sound which ended up sending many residents scampering for safety. It was learnt that one of the soldiers who engaged the sect in a shootout was injured.
The injured soldier was later rushed to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) by the JTF patrol vehicle and admitted at the Accident and Emergency (A and E) and Intensive Care Units (ICU) of the hospital at 9.35am, It was also gathered that five vehicles and six tricycles were also destroyed in the blast.
Confirming the blasts in Maiduguri, spokesman of JTF, Lt.Col Hassan Mohammed, in a signed statement said: “At about 7.30a.m. this morning (yesterday) around the Customs Bridge area of Maiduguri, gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in a kiosk. The explosion destroyed some cars in the area. However, no life was lost in the incident.”
The statement reads in part: “members of the public are also advised to report any threat to public property to security agents,” adding: “Some group of hoodlums claiming to be members of the sect have engaged in the destruction of public property as two schools have been burnt within the metropolis in few days.”
Meanwhile, an Improvised Explosive was yesterday detonated by the anti bomb squad of the Nigerian Police Force at the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida market in Suleja yesterday.
According to our source, the explosive was dropped in a polythene bag in the market before it was discovered and detonated by men of the anti bomb squad at about the time traders started coming to the market.
When contacted, the state police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) ASP Richard Oguche, said it was not true adding that nothing like that happened in the state.
It was also learnt that the four affected torched schools include, Abagannaram, Budum, and Gomari Costain Primary Schools, destroying 31 classrooms, and two stores within two weeks.
The JTF spokesman emphasised that security is a collective responsibility of the residents and they should fully cooperate with security agencies to achieve a lasting peace in the state.