Relocation of Command Center: Boko Haram reply Buhari with twin Bomb blasts

By Joshua Amaugo May 30, 2015 17:10

Relocation of Command Center: Boko Haram reply Buhari with twin Bomb blasts

On Friday, extremist sect Boko Haram, heralded the second coming of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari as President with twin bomb blasts.

The explosion according to reports, went off on Friday at Tashan Alade in Hawul Local Government of Borno State killed not less than seven people with scores more, injured.

On Saturday Morning, news reports had it that the insurgents also stormed the Borno State Capital with bombs and heavy shooting.

As at the time of filing this report, about ten people had been reportedly killed while casualties among the militants are yet to be ascertained.

A source who is a member of a youth vigilante group that spoke with Vanguard news, said some insurgents attempted to invade the troubled town at about 12.50am on Saturday from the Ajilari Cross and Bintu Sugar areas of the town.

He said soldiers in reaction engaged them in a gun fight for about two hours before they were successfully repelled.

“The insurgents were successfully repelled after the heavy shelling, gunshots and explosions. They fled into the dark, towards the direction they came from,” the source said.

Buhari during his inaugural speech on Friday described the sect as a mindless, godless group who are far away from Islam.

Buhari disclosed that he was going to relocate the military command centre from Abuja to Maiduguri until the extremists are completely subdued.

He added that at the end of the hostilities when the group is subdued, the Government will set up a commission of sociological studies to determine its origins, remote and immediate causes of the movement, its sponsors, and the international connections to ensure that measures are taken to prevent a recurrence of this evil.

Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, in reaction to the attacks during his inaugural speech accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of negligence in handling the group at its initial stage, adding that other political elites in the country were also fueling the crises.

“This situation was often difficult especially as we faced a hostile Federal Government, which lived in denial about the savagery of Boko Haram and which also saw the insurgency from the most perverted, narrow and irresponsible prism, that somehow, the insurgency had been fueled against it, by the political and other elites of this part of Nigeria.

“They therefore did only the barest and most perfunctory, to stem the problem. Meanwhile, our people suffered and our communities were systematically laid to waste.”

Governor Shettima concluded by saying that his administration would, among other policies, pursue amnesty for members of Boko Haram, lobbying the new Federal Government of President Muhammadu Buhari to consider granting amnesty to the terrorists.