Men of the Explosive Ordinance Devices (EOD) of Nigeria Police Force and the K9 Team of the Nigeria Army have condoned off the Musa Usman State Secretariat of Borno State, where an explosion occurred on Thursday for screening until its declared safe. Troops have also successfully evacuated all workers from the secretariat and reinforced security in the area.
The Acting Director of Army Public Relations Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman in a statement in Maiduguri also disclosed that two policemen lost their lives in an attempt to stop bomber who apparently was targeting a higher casualty should he succeeded entering the secretariat to attack workers. The statements reads: “This afternoon, combined team of Nigeria policemen maintaining security duties at the entrance of Borno State Government Secretariat, (which was known as Musa Usman Secretariat) in Maiduguri intercepted and prevented a male suicide bomber from entering to attack workers based on suspicion.
“Unfortunately, in the process of stopping him, he detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on his body, instantly killing himself, a policeman and critically injuring another policeman that stopped him from gaining entry into the Secretariat Complex. Sadly, the injured policeman died later. Similarly, 18 people have sustained various degrees of injuries and have since been evacuated to hospital for treatment.