Bomb blast in Maiduguri

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From TIMOTHY OLA, Maiduguri

An early morning bomb explosion targeted at the Joint Task Force (JTF) troops in the restive city of Maiduguri yesterday caused panic among residents, prompting many to restrict their movements or stay indoor till mid-day. Military sources hinted that the bomb explosion which occurred at exactly 8.26am yesterday at Costain Gwange area in front of a Guest House, was targeted at the patrol vehicle of the JTF by bombers suspected to be Boko Haram.

The source who also disclosed that an army officer was among the JTF troops in the patrol vehicle however said no life was lost. “They might have planted the IEDs on the road early in the morning and then hide somewhere to wait for when the JTF patrol vehicle will pass to detonate it with their remote control,” a resident of the area suggested. Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa who confirmed the blast said no casualty was recorded.

He showed journalists the affected vehicle even as he urged residents to cooperate with the task force by giving credible information that could lead to the arrest of the perpetrators. “At about 8:35 am yesterday (Wednesday), there was a failed IED attack on a JTF patrol vehicle along Costain area of Maiduguri metropolis. An IED remote control bomb targeted at JTF vehicle was planted and buried on the road by suspected Boko Haram. No casualty was recorded, nobody was killed or wounded.

The area was cordoned off, searched and swept by the bomb disposal arm of the JTF,” a statement issued by Lt. Col Musa said. Meanwhile, unconfirmed report claimed two Chinese working at the dualization of the Kano-Maiduguri road were yesterday murdered at Beneshiek, headquaters of Kaga Local Government in Borno State by gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram.

Detail of the attack were scanty as at press time. The Borno State Commissioner of Police, Abdullahi Yuguda neither confirmed nor denied the killing when contacted on phone. “I will get back to you later, let me find out,” he promised.

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  1. After nominating their papa Gen. Buhari to lead a team of negotiators to the Federal Government on how to broker a cease fire, yet they are targeting other innocent people for elimination.However,it appears they are short of arms and running out of willing sponsors.A donation of a paltry sum of N48m from a desperate Federal government will help to replenish their depleted arsenal.Government should not be deceived by these blood thirsty Boko Haram outlaws.

  2. tank GOD no life was lost. but i tink dey shuld stop repotin such stories bcos wil we re too famila wit bombs now. let dem try more powerful wepons lik de war jets ,amor cars n war ships.

  3. THIS IS A SIGN THAT THE EVIL SECT CALLED BOKO HARAM ARE NOT SINCERE WITH THEM SELVES CONCERNING THE DIALOGUE. THEY SIMPLY WANT TO LURE SOME NIGERIAN V.I.PS TO SAUDI ARABIA AND GET THEM KILLED. FG SHOULD OPEN THEIR EYES AND ACT PRUDENTLY. MAY GOD BLESS NIGERIA.

  4. The issue of boko haram has clearly proof the level of insecurity in our country. Military target is a good display to show to the common man his level of defenselessness. Thank God no Life loss.

  5. talking of ceasefire and yet bombing and murdering inocent people, well, this is a sign of last fight, i comend our JTF 4 their efforts and also urge them to keep on posuening them untill they are wiped out .more grease to ur elbors our JTF.

  6. This is coming from people who are looking for people to negotiate with. With people like Nigerian Northerners, you dont enemies as neighbours

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  8. Does Amnesty international have anything to say about this? This organisation has interest in Boko Haram’s overt moves to destabilise Nigeria. Shame on you people who should preach peace and are doing otherwise!!

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  10. Thirsty bloody animalz called boko haram. Vry soon d wrath of God wil fall on u guyz. Tnk God dat no soul waz killed.

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    • David please forget about Amnesty International, they are bunch of criminals that has no regards for human life, the blood of innocent Nigerians wasted by Boko haram does not mean anything to them.
      The boko haram will soon become history, because the devil can not overcome God

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    NIGERIA WILL BREAK UP IN 2015

    In 2014, Nigeria will mark the centenary of the amalgamation of the Southern and Northern protectorates which gave birth to present day Nigeria. As a former colony of the British, the country has existed for close to a century after a forced marriage of convenience in 1914, half of those turbulent years have been spent as an independent, sovereign nation having gained independence in 1960 and becoming a republic three years later. As the country approaches a century of nationhood, it is ironical that instead of celebrating the birth of a nation and a shared destiny, there are latent fears that the “mistake of 1914″ may manifest in the break-up of the country in 2015- a year after the centenary date. Will Nigeria as we know it today cease to exist in 2015 as predicted? Will the country implode and eventually be balkanised to reflect the years after amalgamation? Can the country continue to exist under this present warped federal structure?

    An analysis of the historical forces that have shaped the evolution of present day Nigeria can be traced to the period leading to the amalgamation and after it. The union itself has been criticised for not taking into consideration the intractable differences between the North and South-both of which, Nigerian leaders, historians and even the British have agreed, had no related identity to exist as one. But in spite of the wide gulf, the colonialists felt the need to place all territories in Nigeria under one political and administrative authority in the ultimate economic interest of Her Majesty, the Queen!

    This was achieved on January 1, 1914 when the two protectorates were amalgamated to form the Colony and Protectorate of Nigeria under Lord Lugard as the Governor-General. The historical roots of many contemporary problems in Nigeria today date back to the period after amalgamation. Years after the forced merger, the period of decolonisation and growing nationalism exposed the fundamental differences why the amalgamation was deemed a mistake. Political leaders on both sides of the divide could not agree on the direction the country should go. The three principal ethnic groups that dominated the national scene: the Igbo in the East, Yoruba in the West, and Hausa/Fulani in the North, do not really belong together; hence each has its own ideology. From the 1950s onwards, latent forces of disunity remained, but did not become active until after independence. The British, of course, realised the imperfections of the Nigerian Union, they had ample opportunity to restructure it along the regional lines actively canvassed by all interested groups from the 1940s upwards. For obvious reasons, they chose to ignore and there lies our present problems. Today, the possibility of a break-up stares us in the face. From those halcyon days of British political ingenuity of 1914 to the present turbulent period of Boko Haram insurgency in the North, deepening ethnic mistrust, widespread poverty, events have changed dramatically leaving vestiges of political bitterness and a country hurtling to the brink. Will Nigeria survive or will the country crumble under the overbearing weight of the imbalances that are threatening to make it a failed state? The signs that the country may implode began to manifest shortly before and after independence. All the three ethnic blocks that emerged after decolonisation, growing nationalism and during the fight for independence, had begun to tout the idea of secession. At the negotiation for independence for example, the Sarduana of Sokoto, Ahmadu Bello, was quick to consider secession. His argument then was that Northerners would not rush into independence if it meant replacing European domination with southern domination. That line of argument is still valid till today as the major ethnic groups continue to tear away at one another on who controls the centre.

    Also during the 1950 constitutional conference, the country was sold into a proposed representational ratio that favoured the North. At the vanguard of Northern interests were leaders, who declared that the North must have 50 per cent of the seats or it would secede. It is on record that the idea of secession was first hatched by the North, nursed by the West, and executed in the East. The Sarduana first called for secession when he became afraid of southern domination in the early 1950s. The Emir of Zaria during the constitutional conference of 1950, called for Northern secession if the North was not given 50 per cent of the seats. Northern politicians in 1953 through the Northern House of Assembly and House of Chiefs called for confederation and separation in opposition to a motion for self-government sponsored by the Action Group. The idea of secession was equally nursed by the Action Group in 1954 when it insisted that a secession clause be inserted into the proposed constitution. When the Easterners through the Premier, Dr. Michael Okpara, threatened to secede because of the problems of “the mistake of 1914″, the Sardauna himself was quick to point out to him that there was no secession clause in the nation’s fundamental laws, notwithstanding, the East seceded and declared for the sovereign state of Biafra.

    Compelling factors that threaten the corporate existence of the country have emerged in recent years. The thickening mistrust among the major ethnic groups jostling to rule the country has further widened the fault liness that have existed since independence. How this will play out in future is uncertain. Today, ethnic militias championing or promoting ethnic nationalism have proliferated across the country. It is one of the reasons why Nigeria could distingerate. In 2011, when the North lost the Presidency to President Jonathan Goodluck, violence broke out in the region. By far, the greatest threat to the continued existence of Nigeria is the emergence since 2009 of the Boko Haram sect in the North. The members want to impose strict Sharia law in the country. If they succeed, Nigeria could be another Somalia where the Al-Shabab jihadists control a large portion of the country. The spate of bombings targeting churches are meant to provoke violent reactions. If this happens, it may spiral into an all-out war that may dismember the country. This has become a possibility as the government has failed to stop the insurgents from causing instability in the country. There are genuine fears that the bombings may spread all over the country. If it does, the government that has not demonstrated the capacity to stop the terrorism in the North may find it difficult to stop violent reprisal across the country.

    The enervating and disturbing poverty rate is also one of the main reasons why the country is hurtling to the status of a failed state. Deepening poverty across the country has led to growing crime rate. This has manifested in kidnapping and other violent crimes. The capacity of law enforcement agencies to combat these crimes is limited. Nigeria is currently one of the most dangerous places to live in the world.

    What use is a state that cannot guarantee the safety of lives and property of its citizens? The prediction by the US National Intelligence Council and other think tanks that Nigeria may break up in the nearest future should not be seen as an end in itself. It is a metaphor of the tragedy of a country living on a borrowed time

    • General Obasanjo Olusegun on

      u 4 write novel like ur papa Achebe, caption it there was BIAFRA bcos realising it is a tall dream, na who go get time read dis epistle u exiled BIAFRAN ARMY??????

  14. The point is that these guys hold extreme Islamic views they are acting on dangerous conviction,and are heartless they believe they are serving god by killing.Hence no dialouge can change this stance but fire for fire,they are now on borrowed time.Amnesty whatever are just grandstanding they will not stop these evil men from creating widows,widowers,orphans and childless parents,but will talk of amnesty for killers.rubbish

  15. Boko haram if the ar kiling there follow muslim is beta. but should over look our christian. If there islam is teachin them 2 kil. the should kill there self pls. Go 2 hell boko haram

  16. May I ask, will the Federal be deceived to go to Saudi Arabia for peace talk with terrorists? GEJ please don’t bring urself to this extent. Borrow from OBJ fire for fire. Nothing will happen.

  17. Amnesty International will soon be killed by boko haram men . They are bunch of criminals that has no regards for human life, the blood of innocent Nigerians wasted by Boko haram does not mean anything to them. Amnesty International are collabrator . And or they will be soon be deployed with JTF so that they can see well idots .

  18. NZE CHUKWU IN THE LAND OF AMAGUNZE OBODO ITIEGINAA. on

    HAHAHAHAHALALALALALAKEKEKEKE I CAN NOT STOP LAUGHING OOOOOOOO BUT INOSCENT FIVE HUNDRED BIAFRANS WAS TAKING AWAY BY USELES NIGERIAN SECURITIES BUT CANT WITH STAND BOKOHARAM BOIZ.
    ANYWAY SHAA NEGOTIATING MODE ACTIVITED WITH BRAIN WASHED GOVERNMENT. BOKOHARAM BOIZ PRESS ON.

  19. THIS USELESS GOVT THAT ARRESTED MORE THAN 500 INNOCENT PROTESTERS CANNOT DEFEAT BOKO HARAM. SHAME ON NIG GOVT. A USELESS GOVT RUN INDIRECTLY BY BOKO HARAM SPONSRS. NIG IS IN TOTAL DISARRAY.

  20. @ Nze and Prince use ur brain, government did not arrest any 500 profess biafrans, these men were arrested and handed over to police. ask urselves are these men MASSOB? where do this BZM come 4rm? if u must know, there leader Ben is 4rm yoruba origin with igbo disguise parading himself with few igbo youths who doesnt know his ethnic baground just to cause comfution in southeast

  21. @ Obassanjo a nigerian born graduated illitrate like you are not surposed to be allowed to comment on internet for impersonation, my prayer 4 u; may ur night visitor be BOKO HARAM,may they use u to test their newly lunched highly sophisticated atomic bomb. stupid imbecile.

  22. Why will all these nonsense end????? If its igbos group like non voilent massob and bZm nigerian govt will kill dem ,shoot at sight witout negotiation…share injustice..5oo igbos arrested just for demonstration..if riot starts in igbo the abokis will be swiftly protected by police and army ,,,the will shoot innocent igbos just lik dat…now the are trying to negotiate wit terrosist and enemy of d state

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  24. We dont need to shy away from the truth. A house divided against itself can NEVER stand. There was a nigeria, Obviously, even the blind can see it in all ramifications that, we are living on a borrowed time. The enemy of the IGBOS, get prepared to fight yourselves.

  25. i want to ask this question….if you are begging someone to come and live together with you and the person refused and tell you that he wants to be alone ,what will you do if you are ok in ur brain?Nigeria is a forced marriage and even dogs,cows,cattle,goats,sheep,grasses and every living thing in Nigeria knows this…so why are we still deceiving ourselves with this one Nigeria issue!!!

  26. Amnesty International how una dey, Buhari have refused 2 mediate 4 Book Haram therefore I believe since u ar number one world peace maker without bias, u ar the best option, wit ur well trained Boko correspondence that have refused to give u d accurate number of christians, Igbos, security and innocent northerners killed by Boko . Pls I take God beg una Amnesty 4 una own good keep off Boko matter.

  27. nigeria!!! U ar like a couple neva ment a b 2geda.Y ar we shawllowin d saliva wich ought 2 hv bin spat out 4rm our mouth.north is in a total shamble filld wit d blood of d innocent. Xtians ar bin kill evryday like killin goat in a slaughter house,al in d name of leddership tussle.i wnt 2 ask a question pls.if d boko haram decided 2 go by amnesty,wud d barbaric bliv of slipin wit 77 virgin in (aljenna) b a tin of d part?d killin wud b diffklt 2 stp bcos many moslem stil wunt 2 slip wit 77 virgin 4 killin xtian wich dey bliv ar pegans( kafiri),as dia teachins may hv it.les cal a spade a spade. Rmb dat 4 dis 2 b achieved killin wud remain in d north.pls xtians in d north shud b prayin 4 God intevention bcos north is infested wit dis satanic islamin jihadist who sees us as kafiri. D country is in a verge 2 divide les watch 2 c.GOODLUCK conflict couple(nigeria)

  28. My dear david you say it all, you see, the boko haram that they say that they choose buhari for their peace talk with goverment are still killing and bombing innocent people
    i will know if the can hold talk with terorrist i will know that
    this country will never be one again no mater what they do
    to keep it because any group that love to kill or destroy property is a terrorist so for me i don’t take the idea of the negotiation.

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