• We are doing everything possible to contain attacks, says Abubakar
Chiemelie Ezeobi in Lagos and Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri
Seven Muslim worshippers were killed by a suicide bomb attack on a mosque in Konduga, Borno State yesterday morning, the police and the National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) have confirmed.
According to the police, the male suicide bomber had disguised as one of the worshippers, to gain access into the mosque before he detonated the bomb which killed seven others and injured seven persons.
All the dead and injured were in the mosque for the early morning prayers.
A statement signed by the spokesman of the Borno State Police Command, Edet Okon, read: “Today being July 23, 2018, at about 4.55 a.m., a male suicide bomber detonated an IED strapped to his body in Goni Modu Lashibe mosque in Konduga Local Government Area (LGA), killing himself and seven worshippers.
“Seven other persons were injured and were rushed to General Hospital Konduga for treatment. The corpses have equally been evacuated to Mortuary.
“Scene of incident has been sanitized by a team of EOD personnel of the Nigeria Police Force.”
He added that the Commissioner of Police Borno State, Damian Chukwu, has urged the members of the public to be strong and continue to support the police and other security forces in the fight against insurgency and other criminal acts in the state.
Reacting to the attack, the military said it was doing everything possible to end the reign of terror by Boko Haram terrorists.
The Chief of the Air Staff (CAS), Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, said despite the recent attack, the military has come a long way in recapturing control of areas formerly under Boko Haram captivity.
In an interview with THISDAY in Lagos, Abubakar said: “We are doing everything possible to ensure we deal with the problem of Boko Haram.
“Let’s not forget where we are coming from an era when over 22 local government areas were controlled by Boko Haram before we recaptured them.
“However, I am not saying that we should allow this to happen but what I can tell you is that in all insurgences, what is required is for us to keep the fight.
“Also, note that it’s not only about the military might, but about intelligence gathering. To achieve this, we need understanding to get people to give us the required intelligence to work.
“But on the whole, I think we are working hard and we will sustain it to ensure that every community in Nigeria is secured.”
Abubakar also expressed hope that all security agencies would continue to work in synergy in first gathering intelligence, before the physical warfare can be fought.