ON a day that Boko Haram terrorists wreaked havoc in
two separate bomb attacks in Yola and Maiduguri killing over 33 persons
and injuring 111 people, Hungary, yesterday pledged to assist Nigeria
in tackling the insurgency. A bomb blast rocked a juma’at mosque in
Jambutu area of Jimeta, Yola, the Adamawa State capital, yesterday,
killing many worshippers and injuring scores of others.
The juma’at mosque, newly built and being Commissioned yesterday is
located at the Hajj Transit Camp, where pilgrims are camped before
performing the holy pilgrimage. Eyewitness in the mosque told newsmen
that an under-aged, who was carrying the explosives rushed to enter the
mosque when the explosive went off.
The witness added that the incident occurred moments after the Imam
had commenced the two Rakat Juma’at prayers. The military immediately
cordoned off all access roads to the area, even as over six ambulances
were seen conveying the dead and the injured to hospitals.
According to the eyewitness, the death toll might run to over 40.
The executive Secretary of Adamawa State Emergency Relief Agency, Haruna
Furo, confirmed the blast, but could not give the casualty
figures. Adamawa state police command through its spokesman, Othman
Abubakar also confirmed the blast.
Authorities of the Federal Medical Centre Yola have appealed for
blood donations to assist the injured numbering over 50 now receiving
treatment in the Hospital.
The public Affairs officer of the hospital, Mallam Muhammed Dodo who
spoke to Vanguard stated that the causality figure was on a higher side,
but could not give the exact number of the dead. This is the third bomb
blast in Yola the Adamawa state capital this year.
Also, Military sources disclosed yesterday that a suicide bomber
blew himself up inside a mosque during the morning Islamic ‘Subhi’
prayers in Maiduguri, the Borno State capital killing six persons while
17 others were injured. Confirming the suicide attack, the National
Emergency Management Agency said its rescuers evacuated six dead bodies
of the victims of the early morning suicide bombing.
A senior health worker also confirmed that the six bodies have been
deposited in the mortuary while other injured victims are being treated
in specialist and teaching hospitals in Maiduguri. The mosque is
located behind Magistrate Court, Polo Area in Maiduguri. It was gathered
that the explosion was carried out by a suspected lone suicide bomber
while his two accomplices escaped, when some vigilant members of the
community accosted them over their suspicious movements.
Buhari seeks bilateral relations with Hungary on security, agriculture
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, said that Nigeria
would partner with Hungary in the areas of insecurity and
agriculture. According to him, the partnership will further deepen the
bilateral cooperation between both countries which have similar security
The president spoke when he received the Vice Prime Minister of
Hungary, Mr. Zsolt Semjen, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. “Hungary
faces some immigration challenges today, just like other parts of
Europe. We also have our challenges in the North-Eastern part of
Nigeria. “Hungary is able to fully understand our problems, and we can
work together,” he said.
Also speaking, Vice Prime Minister Semjen described terrorism as a
global challenge, and pledged his country’s support to the efforts of
the Nigerian Armed Forces to end the Boko Haram insurgency. “The
extremism of Boko Haram is not Islamic. It runs contrary to all human
philosophies,” the Vice Prime Minister said. He also promised that
Hungary would deploy its expertise in the area of agriculture to assist