Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Boko Haram: Suicide Bomber Nabbed At Fuel Station In Borno

An alleged suicide bomber was arrested along Damboa road by members of the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF) while attempting to detonate an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at a crowded fuel station in Maiduguri.

The member of the Islamic sect popularly called Boko Haram was arrested on Tuesday, December 1, trying to blow up a gas station where hundreds of people were waiting to buy fuel.

Garba Hussaini, a pump attendant, said: “Today, we are very lucky because there are over 500 people with hundreds of cars waiting for fuel when the sect member approach the crowd with 5 litres gallon, pretending to have come to buy fuel.”

Hussaini narrated that when one of the boys controlling the crowd tried to the suspect from entering with the gallon, he got angry and remove a knife, attempting to stab the boy.

He said: “In the process, a member of the Civilian JTF noticed that, bomb was tied round him and he quickly grabbed him before he made any attempt to detonate it.”

Witnesses affirmed that they saw the CJTF apprehend somebody,however, some only found out much later that the person who was grabbed was a member of the vicious group.

Daily Post reports that immediately the man came, they started suspecting him, then he went back and brought a gallon.

One Mohammed Umar, said: “A lot of people were trying to bribe their way in to have the fuel and the crowd was concentrated around the pumps. This man just pushed one of the boys controlling the crowd from outside and was going in when the boy held his hand, trying to stop him, and the man drew a dagger. We suddenly saw one of the JTFs grabbed the man from behind.”

Following the arrest, the manager of the station asked the pump attendants to stop selling, as the crowd gradually dispersed.The clamp down on terrorists activities have drastically increased as security operatives look to meet with the deadline stipulated by President Muhammdu Buhari.

While  addressing the Senate committee on appropriation, Brigadier- General (rtd) Mansur Mohammed Dan-Ali, Nigeria’s defence minister, has said Boko Haram will be defeated before Buhari’s deadline in December.