There seems to be no respite for residents of Bauchi, Maiduguri and Kano as members of Boko Haram have continued to unleash mayhem on the two cities.
In Bauchi, the violent sect killed a policeman and injured another on Monday night, when it descended on the Jama’are local government police station and a new generation bank in the area.
The chairman of the LG, Alhaji Adamu Aliyu Suleiman, confirmed the attack, saying that no fewer than 12 undetonated bombs were recovered at the bank’s premises when security agents successfully repelled the hoodlums.
The unprovoked attacks were said to have forced residents of the areas to flee for cover.
Bauchi State police commissioner Mr. Aduba Ikechukwu said the attackers were armed with sophisticated weapons, including machine guns and improvised explosive devices.
Ikechukwu said that the swift response by security agents from Azare town forced the hoodlums to abandon their weapons and flee.
The police boss said that part of the bank’s building was destroyed by the gangsters, who could, however, not gain access to the automatic teller machine and the vault.
The CP said that the slain policeman was a corporal while the injured one was a traffic warder now on admission in the hospital.
The name of the police corporal was given by an eyewitness as Maikudi Mustapha.
Maiduguri Primary School set ablaze
Meanwhile, pupils of Gomari Constain Primary School in Maiduguri woke up on Tuesday to discover that their school had been razed by an overnight fire suspected to have been put by the Boko Haram sect.
Teachers in the school said the compound was set ablaze after armed youths forced away the security guard before torching it.
The police public relations officer for the state, Mr. Samuel Tizhe, confirmed the incident and said that they had started investigation into the attacks.
Only on Monday, gunmen attacked the Maiduguri Experimental School, Kwanar Yobe, a few days after burning down the Budum and Kulo Gomma primary schools and the Abba Ganaram Primary School.
Sect disrupts NCC operations
Meanwhile, normal operations were disrupted at the headquarters of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), yesterday when news broke that members of the Boko Haram sect were about to attack the establishment.
A staff of the commission is said to have raised the alarm after allegedly receiving a call from a suspected Boko Haram member that they were on their way to attack the place.
The information forced many of the staff members to quickly leave the massive building, while others ignored the information and continued with their work.
But the management quickly contacted the police, who responded immediately with the deployment of personnel to the building.
An ambulance was also deployed at the frontage of the massive building, while most of the routine civilian security men were replaced by armed policemen.
But NCC’s head of media, Mr. Reuben Muoka, in a telephone interview, dismissed the development as mere rumour, saying that the sect does not usually make telephone calls prior to attacking its targets.
Muoka said that NCC had put in place adequate security measures to forestall any unforeseen security challenge. The last Boko Haram attack in Abuja was the bombing of the United Nations head office building.
Gunmen kill Immigration officer in Borno
Gunmen suspected to be members of the Boko Haram yesterday evening killed an officer attached to the Borno State command of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), in Gwange ward of Maiduguri.
Our correspondent gathered that the immigration officer, whose name and rank could not be ascertained as at press time, was waylaid by three gunmen at about 4.15pm while he was returning home from his office.
Witnesses said the deceased might have been trailed by the assailants who drove in the area in an unmarked Volkswagen car and hid in a corner, apparently waiting for him.
It was learnt that the incident took place when the man alighted from a commercial bus and walked to his house. The gunmen, who had laid ambush, fired several shots at him.
Man shot dead in Kano
A gunman yesterday shot dead a man along Magaji Danbatta Road (popularly called Zoo Road) Kano. An eyewitness said the gunman came on a motorcycle and shot the victim to death at about 7pm. The deceased was believed to be Kanuri by tribe. The witness added that the suspect quickly fled the scene while the police were later informed by a group of concerned citizens.