by Dare Lawal
Six persons were feared dead on Thursday, as four major explosions rocked Maiduguri, the Borno State capital.
Maiduguri which has been the most troubled state since the beginning of the Boko Haram terrorism against Nigerians, has experienced some relative calm in recent times, especially since the cease-fire was announced between the government and the sect.
However, as nine governors in the All Progressive Congress, APC, gathered in the city in furtherance of their merger moves, the bombs went off simultaneously on Baga road, Customs and Gamboru areas of the state at about 3pm, killing six and injuring several others who are currently receiving treatment.
Another one went off by 6pm at London Ciki.
The Vanguard reports that “a top security source regretted the incident, claiming that the state administration may have triggered the incident through the invitation of the APC governors to the state as he said intelligence reports had advised against the meeting.
“An unconfirmed report from a hospital source said six dead bodies including security operatives and civilians were brought to the mortuary of the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, while those who sustained injuries were admitted for treatment.
“The Commissioner of Police, Mr. Yuguda Abdullahi, however, claimed knowledge of only one blast, saying he personally visited that site. He declined comment on the number of casualties.”