An early morning bomb explosion yesterday hit one of the checkpoints in Bulabulin Ngarnam Ward of Maiduguri metropolis, Borno State but did not destroy any property or claim any life.
But our correspondent also reported that the explosion sent the residents of the area panicking.
Meanwhile, two gunmen suspected to be members of Boko Haram shot and killed Ali Gana, a cleric at Kaleri ward on Saturday at his residence at about 8.15pm.
Confirming the blast and assassination of the Maiduguri cleric, the Field Operation Officer of the Joint Task Force (JTF), Col. Victor Ebhaleme, said that the blast went off in the morning when residents were still in their houses.
He said: “The target of the bombers was our men at the checkpoints of Kaleri ward, but fortunately, there were only plumes of dust into the air with “no casualties” recorded in Sunday’s bomb blast”.
Speaking on the Kaleri blast, the Commissioner of Police, Borno State Command, Mr. Simeon Midenda, told our correspondent that the blast did not cause or inflict any injuries to either men of the JTF or residents of the affected ward.
He said: “The reports I received from the police commander of the area indicated that there were no casualties from Sunday’s bomb blast that sent a lot of dust into the air for over three minutes. No life or property was destroyed or damaged in the blast.”
Midenda however, noted that a cleric in Kaleri ward was shot and
killed by two suspected Boko Haram gunmen at his Kaleri ward residence at about 7pm on Saturday.
He said no arrests have been made in both the blast and assassination of the cleric at his residence.
However, an eyewitness Mallam Haruna Audu; and a close friend to the slain cleric said: “Mallam must have been targeted and killed by these people, because he was once accused of being an informant to the security agents on the activities and modus operandi of the sect in Maiduguri metropolis.”