With less than two days to the deadline given to the Nigerian Army by President Muhammadu Buhari to annihilate the Boko Haram sect and end the insurgency in the North-east of Nigeria, about 50 people were reported killed in Madagali, Adamawa State; and Maiduguri, Borno State, on Monday, December 28, by bombs detonated by female suicide bombers of the sect.
In Adamawa, a witness, Danladi Buba, said the two female suicide bombers detonated bombs at a mini market near a motor park around 9am, killing many people.
“About 30 people were killed with 16 others injured,” Mr. Buba said.
In Maiduguri, the attack which killed 20, followed a series of gun and bomb battle between the Nigerian Army and the Boko Haram militants on Sunday and Monday.
It was learnt that the sect on Sunday, December 27, unleashed 14 female bombers on the troubled capital city, intended to carry out massive and coordinated suicide mission through Asmari, Damboa check point, Ali Dawari, Molai Kura, Baderi, Jumari villages, all at the outskirts of Maidugri.
The female suicide bombers, who were between the age of 12 and 18, tried to force themselves into Maiduguri with the intent to “cause mayhem, confusion and panic but were intercepted by the troops of Nigerian Army on patrol, but unfortunately three of the suicide bombers detonated their IEDs”.
The killings came despite assurances by President Buhari; the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and the military that the sect had been incapacitated and no longer had the capacity to harm Nigerians.