An explosion has rocked Borno state Secretariat in Maiduguri, the state capital, on Thursday killing 8 people and injuring 19.
Witnesses said the explosive device taken to the gate of the secretariat was conveyed in a tricycle.
The secretariat has been sealed up barring movement in and out of the building.
This is the first time in months that an explosion will be heard within Maiduguri after Nigerian Military intensified its effort in defeating Boko Haram that had killed thousands in north eastern Nigeria.
Meanwhile, yesterday troops of 7 Division Garrison in conjunction with the ever dedicated Civilian JTF maintaining security and vigilance averted yet another attempt by the Boko Haram terrorists to unleash suicide bomber into the peaceful community of Sulaimanti, outskirts of Maiduguri city.
The terrorist carrying Improvised Explosive Device (IED), attempted to attack worshippers at Sulaimanti mosque during early morning prayer.
He was however prevented from gaining access to the mosque. Unfortunately, 5 civilians sustained injuries during the failed attempt. A team of Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) have successfully detonated the remaining IEDs and combed the area.
The injured had since been evacuated to the hospital while troops and security agents have intensified patrol within the general area according to
Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman , Acting Director Army Public Relations.
The Acting General Officer Commanding 7 Division, Brigadier General Victor Ezugwu has also visited the community shortly after the incident. He commiserate with them and reminded them of their civic responsibility to arrest or report suspected persons who usually reconnoitre their domain before carrying out suicide attacks and reassure them of the military and security agencies’ commitment to their safety and security.