- Governor Babagana Zulum has revealed that Boko Haram terrorists fired Rocket Propelled Grenades into Maiduguri on Tuesday, February 23
- The governor made this know after visiting two hospitals where the victims of the attack were admitted
- Governor Zulum called for the adoption of modern military technology to prevent such attacks in the future
Borno governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum has confirmed that Boko Haram fired Rocket Propelled Grenades into Maiduguri, the state capital, killing 10 residents and injuring 47 in the process on Tuesday, February 23.
Zulum made the comment after he visited two hospitals - State Specialist Hospital and the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital where the injured residents are receiving treatment on the bill of the state government.
According to him, the shots came from Kaleri, outskirts of Maiduguri, but the grenades travelled to hit Gwange and Adam kolo communities, both densely populated areas in the inner city.
A statement from the Borno state government seen by Legit.ng quoted the governor as saying:
“Indeed it is a very sad moment for the people and government of Borno state, about 60 persons were affected, among them, 10 have died. It was as a result of long-distance shots fired by the insurgents. I believe this is a new trend we have to raise up and stop.
“We experienced a similar incident exactly one year ago. The solution is to deploy an appropriate form of technology, which will have to work on.”
The incident occurred on the same day Nigerian troops successfully recovered Marte town from the Boko Haram terrorists.
A Nigerian Army statement also confirmed the development noting that the troops were backed by air cover from the Nigerian Air Force.
The statement noted that the troops successfully charged through Marte town, destroying several Improvised Explosive Devices and landmines laced across their routes and killing scores of Boko Haram/ISWAP terrorists.
Meanwhile, the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) on Sunday, February 21 held a special prayer walk across the world over the rising insecurity and other challenges confronting Nigeria.
Legit.ng monitored the walk held in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja by the Throne Parish of the RCCG.
Addressing journalists during the procession, Pastor Tunde Benjamins-Laniyi, the pastor-in-charge of the parish, said the prayer intercession was a mandate from God, adding that it was also taking place in the over 40,000 parish churches of the RCCG in 198 nations across the world.
Jerrywright Ukwu is a senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng based in Abuja. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also an active member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books.