How 2 Female Bombers Kill 24 In Borno…Terrorists Have No Place Among Civilised Human Beings- Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has described the perpetrators of the latest suicide bomb attacks which claimed the lives of 24 citizens in Borno State as criminals who have no place among civilized people.
He has again assured that with the current renewed determination of the Nigerian security agencies, coupled with the regional and international attention constantly now focused on the eradication of terrorism, the final end of Boko Haram was in sight.
Presidential spokesman Femi Adesina? in a statement shortly after the suicide attacks in Borno said the President reaffirmed that those who perpetrate, finance, organise and sponsor these reprehensible acts of terrorism will not escape punishment.
President Buhari stated this while commiserating with families of the victims of the terrorist attack in Umarari village, near Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
He said the condemnable and reprehensible attack on a place of worship by perpetrators who pretended to be worshippers, has once again exposed them as mere criminals who have no place among civilized people.
The President expressed his deepest sympathy and condolence to the families of the victims and to the Government and people of Borno state over the incident.
He wished speedy recovery to those injured and also commended the security agencies and care givers for their prompt deployment to the area.
He implored Nigerians to continue to remain vigilant to the antics of those he described as lawless individuals and cooperate with the relevant government agencies in his administration’s unshaken resolve to defeat the enemy. He prayed that Almighty Allah will receive the souls of the departed.
Earlier in the day, two female bombers, one of them a nursing mother sneaked into a mosque and detonated explosive devices at a remote community near Maiduguri, Borno capital, killing no fewer than 24 people. Officials said 32 people were also injured.
One of the bombers disguised as a male worshipper to gain entry into the Central Mosque, Molai-Ummarari, some six kilometers to the city centre at about 5.38 am local time today, Executive Chairman, Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Engr. Ahmed Satomi disclosed.
Shortly after the bomber joined the all-male worshippers, explosion was heard from the mosque. “Almost all the worshippers died except the Imam who is receiving treatment in the hospital now,” Satomi said.
Residents said the second bomber who was standing under the tree near the mosque when the explosion occurred, suddenly started crying for help as if she was a victim of the mosque blast. “She fell down suddenly and some women rushed toward her. Some of the women were even struggling to carry the baby on her back unknown to them she was a bomber. She just exploded thereafter and killed all the women, about six of them,” Mohammed Aji disclosed.
Army spokesman, Colonel Sani Usman in a statement said 22 people were killed in the bomb attack. “The first attack targeted a mosque, while the second blast occurred about 50 metres away, a few minutes later. Sadly, 22 people were killed and 18 others sustained various injuries,” the Army stated in the statement.
Usman said troops, security agents and care givers were mobilized to the scene, adding that those wounded have been taken to Molai General Hospital, some 500 metres away. “Troops, security agents and Civilian JTF have secured the area and are combing the environment for possible clues,” he said. Sources at the State Specialists Hospital in the city said nine injured victims of the blast were brought and admitted in the morning.
The state Governor Kashim Shettima who was at the community on a sympathy visit advised the people to take their security seriously. He also directed the drilling of borehole for the people to address the challenge of water scarcity. He thanked the military, other security agencies and rescue workers for their quick intervention, assuring that Boko Haram insurgency was gradually winding up.
Maiduguri, the home of Boko Haram has experienced relative peace in recent time. Before the latest incident, Boko Haram bombers had invaded a mosque in Polo Area of the metropolis on December 26, 2015, killing about 30 people.