Barely 24 hours after a suicide bomber suspected to be a Boko Haram member detonated an improvise explosive device, IED in a mosque in Sulimanti ward of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, another heavy explosion has rocked the busy Musa Usman Secretariat main Gate in the state capital.
About two persons were feared dead with scores injured in the fresh attack which happened at about 11:40am on Thursday.
Meanwhile, men of the Civilian JTF and by military troops have surrounded the area.
This afternoon, combined team of Nigeria policemen maintaining security duties at the entrance of Borno State Government Secretariat, (which was known as Musa Usman Secretariat) in Maiduguri, intercepted and prevented a male suicide bomber from entering to attack workers based on suspicion.
Unfortunately, in the process of stopping him, he detonated the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) on his body, instantly killing himself, a policeman and critically injuring another policeman that stopped him from gaining entry into the Secretariat Complex.
Sadly, the injured policeman died later. Similarly, 18 people have sustained various degrees of injuries and have since been evacuated to hospital for treatment.
Troops have cordoned off the area and evacuated all workers from the Secretariat and reinforced security.
In addition, the Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD) and K9 teams have been mobilized to the Secretariat for screening until it is declared safe.
This unfortunate incident has reinforced the need for more security consciousness and awareness on the part of all of us as the remnants of the Boko Haram terrorists and their sympathizers still mingle with the society.