Yesterday, the Police shot dead a young man who had attempted to bomb the police headquarters in Maiduguri, Borno State during a recruitment exercise that had about 1,500 potential recruits in attendance. The lone man who was said to be about 25 years of age had attempted to bomb the state police headquarters by gate crashing into the compound while driving a Honda accord saloon car that was carrying six gas cylinders of 13.6kg each with its wiring, one air conditioner, gas cylinder and two 25 litre jerry cans of fuel.
According to the CP “At about 12:15 hours, a man aged about 25 years gatecrashed into the Police Headquarters in a Honda Accord Saloon Car with registration number AP 851 ABJ.
“The car knocked down the gate and headed towards the main building, alert armed policemen on guard within the premises opened fire on him and he slumped at the steering.”
“The police Bomb Disposal Squad was promptly drafted and the Improvised Explosive Devise was successfully defused. Items recovered from the car included six gas cylinders of 13.6kg each with its wiring, one air conditioner, gas cylinder and two 25 litre jerry cans of fuel.”
The CP said that anonymous tips recieved by the Command had prompted them to beef up security and made it possible for them to prevent the disaster. In his words, He said, “Sometime last week, we received threat messages that the Cadet Police Officers screening, scheduled to commence on August 15, would be disrupted by a faceless group.
“Others included one tin of ABRO can of five litre volume and one acid orange drum of 25 kg.”
The Police suspect that the Boko Haram is responsible for the attack, an investigation has however commenced to unravel the circumstances behind the failed attack.