SEPTEMBER 23, 2015 : KAYODE IDOWU AND
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Twenty-seven persons were killed and 62 others
injured during bomb attacks on Monguno, a town
about 135 kilometres from Maiduguri, the capital
of Borno State.
A member of the youth vigilante group, Idris
Baba, told our correspondent on Tuesday that
the Monguno attack happened at about the same
time 54 persons were killed through bombs
planted by members of the Boko Haram Islamic
sect in Maiduguri on Sunday.
He said a bomb explosion from a suicide bomber
hit the Onion section of a local market at
Monguno on Sunday evening, which resulted in
the death of not less than 27 persons, mostly
A medical officer at the state Specialists
Hospital, Maiduguri, who spoke anonymously,
said, “Five vehicles conveyed 62 injured persons
from the Monguno attack to the Specialists
Hospital in Maiduguri (on Monday afternoon) but
we quickly asked them to go to the University
Teaching Hospital, because our facilities are
A resident of Monguno, Baana Abubakar, who
accompanied some of the injured persons to
Maiduguri, confirmed to our correspondent that
27 persons were killed.
“I was at the Onion market after the bomb
explosion to help in the rescue of people. I
counted 27 dead bodies from the scene,” he
“We lost 27 people in the bomb blast. Our people
have started burying the dead ones. One of the
injured ones we brought to Maiduguri today also
died,” he said.
Confirming the attack, the Borno State Police
Commissioner, Aderemi Opadokun, in a text
message, said, “Yes, at about 1330 hrs of
21/9/15, caretaker Chairman of Monguno Local
Government reported an IED Explosion at
Monguno Onion Market at about 2130 hrs of
“Some people died on the spot while others
sustained various degrees of injuries. Injured
victims were transferred to UMTH, Maiduguri,
while the dead were buried by their relations.
The scene has been visited. Investigation is
presently in progress.”
Monguno is the birth place of the National
Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno.
Meanwhile, the pan-Northern socio-political
organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum, on
Tuesday urged the Nigerian military never to be
deterred by the renewed bombing by the Boko
Haram insurgents in Maiduguri, Borno State.
The Boko Haram terrorists had on Sunday
carried out multiple suicide bombings which
claimed 50 lives at Damari and Bulunkutu areas
of Borno State.
However, the ACF said in a statement by its
National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim,
in Kaduna that the military was already winning
the war on insurgents and should not relent.
According to the forum, with the renewed effort
of the military and the civilian JTF, Maiduguri
had experienced relative peace, “but for this
wicked act of barbarism on September 20,2015.”
The ACF, while condemning the continued use of
suicide bombers by Boko Haram to kill innocent
people, also hailed the Nigerian military for the
onslaught on the terrorists’ enclaves.
It noted that all the Nigerian military needed to
route out the insurgents was to intensify its
intelligence synergy with the community.
The northern body said,”Arewa Consultative
Forum was shocked and disturbed by the sad
news of the multiple bomb blasts again which
occurred on Sunday September 20, 2015, at
Gomari and Bulunkutu areas of Maiduguri, the
capital of Borno State, killing about 50 people
with many injured.
“The ACF condemns in strong terms the
continued use of suicide bombers by Boko
Haram terrorists to kill innocent people in the
name of a religious war, as no religion condones
such cruel and barbaric act.
“The ACF wishes to commend the military and
other security agencies for the continued
onslaught on the terrorists’ enclaves and
hideouts, thereby dislodging them from their
“The ACF urges the military not to be deterred
by the cowardly act of the Boko Haram
terrorists, as their renewed effort and
determination will soon end the insurgency.
“The ACF also appeals to the military to intensify
its synergy of sharing intelligence with the
The ACF also condoled with families of those
who lost their loved ones, the government and
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