Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
Police have repelled a suicide attack on its location in troubled Borno State, the Police Commissioner in the state, Damien Chukwu ,said yesterday in Maiduguri.
Addressing a press conference, Chukwu said two female suicide bombers who targeted the police facilities in Dikwa were killed by eagle eye police officers on Sunday night.
He said the suicide bombers were sighted by personnel on duty, approaching the outpost from about 100 meters.
He explained that they were asked to halt their movement but after they did not heed the warning, they were gunned down.
He said: “Upon failure to ignore the warning, the personnel on duty have no option than to open fire on them. In the process, the Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) strapped on their bodies, went off and kill them on the spot.”
The commissioner also decried the rising spate of rape cases across local government areas in the state and called on stakeholders to sensitise the public on the ugly incidents.
He lamented that several rape cases were being recorded on daily basis, saying there was urgent need for religious, community and traditional leaders to map out effective modalities towards addressing the situation.
He added that some of the cases involved teenage girls being sexually abused by 60-year plus old men.
He said: “The growing rate of sexually assault related cases in Borno State were too alarming. Though I cannot ascertain what is obtainable in other state, but I can categorically declare that the problem is too rampant that require urgent intervention from all and sundry.
“Presently, we are prosecuting several suspects in connection with the crime. We will make sure they face the full wrath of justice to serve as deterrent to others.”
On other crimes committed, the police boss disclosed that two persons were apprehended for car theft and armed robbery.
One of the suspects, Babagana Modu, he said, had earlier stolen a Honda car in Kano and brought it to Maiduguri, before being nabbed by detectives.
He said the other suspect also received a Honda car allegedly stolen from Abuja.