Maiduguri attacks: Borno governor summons emergency security meeting

Rebecca Mu'azu, Maiduguri

Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has summoned officials of all markets, motor parks, shopping complexes, football fields and other places of public gatherings in Maiduguri, for an emergency security meeting.

The meeting with heads of security agencies and the Civilian Joint Task Force, is scheduled for Monday,  December 12, at the Government House in Maiduguri, in response to the twin suicide attacks at the Maiduguri Monday market on Sunday morning.

The attacks led to the  death of three people, including the two suicide bombers, while 18 persons have sustained various degrees of injuries.

Governor Shettima visited the scene of ‎the suicide attacks around the market and was at the Accident and Emergency Ward of the Maiduguri Specialist Hospital, where he met each of the survivors.

Three of the wounded are undergoing emergency surgery at the hospital.

The Borno State Commissioner of Police,  Mr. Daniel Chukwu, who received Governor Shettima at the scene of the attack,  said the suicide attacks were carried out by two women in two close spots, both outside the Maiduguri Monday market, before 10am.

According to Governor Shettima,“tomorrow, we will be having an emergency security meeting involving management of all the markets, motor parks, shopping centers, football fields and other attack prone areas and then we will invite the Civilian JTF and of course, our security officials, so that we cross pollinate ideas and come up with some new measures that will strengthen our existing security structure around markets.

We have been taking different steps as the insurgents change their ways. We will all meet and come with measures that will not be made public. This suicide attack is highly unfortunate; I condole and commiserate with the families of the victims. Insha Allah, we will always the best we can to prevent this kind of blood bath.”

In December 2014, Governor Kashim Shettima had ordered the barricade of most markets while youth volunteers under the Civilian JTF ‎were posted to man security around markets in Maiduguri.

Governor Shettima said the attacks were an act of desperation on the part of the insurgents who wanted to attract publicity.

The boko haram insurgents had repeatedly targeted the Maiduguri Monday markets using people who conceal bombs and pretend to be buyers, targeting traders and customers before blowing themselves up.