By Michael Olugbode

What could have been a Black Friday was averted in Maiduguri as five female suicide bombers were intercepted by members of the youth vigilante group, popularly called Civilian JTF in Borno State.

Speaking to our correspondent on the incident, the spokesman of the youth vigilante group, Barrister Jubrin Gunda, said the five suicide bombers were intercepted at about 5:20 am trying to gain entry into Maiduguri.

He said members of youth vigilante group had prior intelligence that there would be suicide bomb attacks on Maiduguri and as such they had beefed up security around the troubled town.

He said the suicide bombers were sighted at the outskirts of the town around Polo and Giwa barrack areas and were shot dead by the youth vigilantes.

Gunda also revealed that they did not come in at once but different times and since they did not stop to be searched by the vigilante, they had to be shot.

He lamented that three of the vigilantes suffered serious injuries during the attack and had to be taken to the hospital.

He said: “Three of our boys had injuries from the attacks and are presently on admission at the hospital, we were happy that five female suicide bombers that wanted to sneak into the town to cause havoc were killed.”

He added that: “We were lucky to have received prior information of the intending attacks and we were watchful throughout night and day at all points of entry into the town.”