Joint Task Force (JTF)
Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu and Sunday Okobi in Lagos with agency reports
The Police in Enugu State thursday foiled an attempt by suspected terrorists to bomb the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, in Enugu.
Also, the Nigerian Army thursday said it killed five suspected Boko Haram members and destroyed a bomb-making factory in Rigasa area of Kaduna State.
But the police in a statement by its Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), said the operatives of the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) of the state Police Command arrested four persons, including a driver in a vehicle with registration number KJA 359 AP.
It was gathered that the suspects were heading towards the Airport in the morning hours of yesterday with some items believed to be dangerous fireworks contained in two cartons, one packet of celebration thunder of 10 shots candle.
The statement further disclosed that the suspects were already helping the police in their investigations at the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
Similarly, the spokesman of the 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Col Sani Kukasheka, said in a statement in Kaduna, that the early morning raid was carried out in conjunction with other security agencies.
Kukasheka, said two other suspects were injured during the operation, and that various arms and explosive devices were recovered in a house located off Makarfi Road in Rigasa.
He listed the items recovered to include five Mark four Riffles, three Pump Action Riffles, 20 Rolls of Detonating Cords, 21 Nine Volt Batteries, two Remote Switches, one Testing Metre, five Assorted Daggers and Jack knives as well as other Improvised Explosive Device (IED) materials.
“On approaching the factory, some suspected terrorists opened fire and also threw already primed IED at the troops. The ensuing exchange of fire resulted in the death of five terrorists, while two that sustained various degrees of injuries are being treated. In line with our resolve to deter terrorists, the building housing the factory was demolished,” he said.
The spokesman attributed the success of the operation to the support of “well meaning citizens”, who volunteered information to security agencies.
Meanwhile, gunmen yesterday shot dead a Maiduguri-based merchant, Alhaji Abubakar Girigiri, at his warehouse in the Bolori area of the state capital.
An eye witness told journalists in Maiduguri, that the gunmen came to the warehouse on foot, pretending to be customers before shooting him.
“A group of four teenagers arrived the warehouse on foot and met Girigiri attending to his business. After a short while, two of them brought out guns from their trousers and shot him at close range,” the witness, who identified himself as Malam Modu Lawal, said.
While adding that the businessman died on the spot, Lawal said; “We tried to rush him to the hospital for help but he died before we could do anything.”
The state PPRO, Mr. Gideon Jibrin, confirmed the story, but said the police were yet to get full details of the incident.
Jibrin also confirmed the killing of seven persons in Jere local government area of the state by gunmen.
He said: “The police is trying to get the full details of the report, so we can unravel the mystery behind the killings.”
The Joint Task Force (JTF) on Operation Restore Order also confirmed the killing of three security men in the early hours of Thursday at the Ruwan Zafi area of Maiduguri.