20 Killed, 18 Injured In Maiduguri Market Blast
• Gunmen Kill Two PDP Supporters, Rep Member Escapes
• Hoodlums Burn Jonathan’s Campaign Bus In Jos
BARELY one month to the February general elections, and
two days after the Baga, Borno State terror incident that
claimed about 2000 civilians, violence, rather than abate,
is spreading beyond the insurgency-infested areas.
Two buses belonging to the President Goodluck Jonathan
Campaign Organisation were yesterday evening set
ablaze by a mob along the Hausa-dominated Bauchi Road
in Jos, the Jos North local Government Area of Plateau
The drivers of the buses were said to have driven
recklessly into Mango Street area of Bauchi Road, where
they nearly knocked down a lad, a development that
angered the youths, who immediately mobilised and
stopped the buses and set them ablaze. The drivers and
other passengers, however, escaped unhurt.
Repeatedly chanting uncharitable songs against the
President, the youth sang in Hausa language: ‘baama son
Jonathan, sai Buhari;’ ‘meaning, we don’t want Jonathan,
we want only Buhari.’
The situation has however been brought under control by
security agents who quickly moved in to disperse the
In the same vein, a bomb blast, yesterday, hit the
Maiduguri Monday Market Chickens sheds, killing 20
people, including the suicide bomber. At least, 18 others
sustained serious injuries in the suspected Boko Haram
attack, which occurred at about 12.25pm. In Yobe State,
gunmen in a convoy of Toyota Hilux vehicles and pickup
vans laden with Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs)
attacked Damaturu, the state capital, torching three police
formations and a mosque. The well-coordinated attacks
were carried out at about by 8 pm on Friday.
The torched police formations include the Police “A”
Division, Police Area Command and the Police Officers’
mess, along with several shops at Damaturu Motor Park.
The attacks came just as unknown gunmen, Friday night,
shot and killed two members of the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) Hon. Hope George and Friday Mbadee Onura,
and injured the member representing Ogu/Bolo in the
House of Representatives, Hon Bright Tamuno Gogo.
Rivers State House of Assembly Candidate,
Datorudimabo Adams, and the late George, who was the
immediate past councilor of Okrika Local Government
council, were attacked by the gunmen around Oroworoko
area of Port Harcourt.
Yesterday’s suicide attack on Maiduguri market occurred
as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
commenced distribution of Permanent Voter Cards
(PVCs) in the metropolis.
Written by Obinoscopy on Nairaland
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