- The Maiduguri bombing on Tuesday, February 23, has been claimed by Boko Haram commander, Shekau
- One of the most wanted criminals described the attack as a great achievement by his group
- According to Borno governor, the bombing claimed the lives of 10 persons while 47 others were injured
A notorious Boko Haram commander, Abubakar Shekau, has claimed responsibility for the deadly bombing of Maiduguri on Tuesday, February 23.
Channels TV reported that one of the most wanted terrorists regarded the deadly attack as a "milestone achievement" by his fighters in a newly released video.
Shekau also denied that his farm was taken over and claimed that he had successfully established an Islamic caliphate.
He also reportedly said in the video that he will never be on the same page with Muslims who "embrace Western values" even if they "pray the salat and give in charity."
The Maiduguri attack
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Borno state governor, Professor Babagana Umara Zulum, confirmed that Boko Haram fired Rocket Propelled Grenades (RPGs) 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.
Boko Haram abducts travellers on Damaturu-Maiduguri
Meanwhile, a new report has indicated that some innocent people have once again been kidnapped by Boko Haram insurgents.
Those kidnapped are some passengers along the Damaturu-Maiduguri road. They were abducted on Thursday, February 25, in the Jakana axis of the road.
The terrorists had earlier attacked the army’s 28 task force brigade in the area but were repelled. After this, they turned on the soft targets; the travellers plying the road.
Nurudeen Lawal is a Legit.ng journalist passionate about fact-checking/verification journalism. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature-in-English from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State. As Politics Editor, Nurudeen mostly writes on Nigeria’s political and socio-economic developments. He has attended different workshops, conferences and training on fact-checking and digital reporting, among others. Learn more about him on Twitter, @Nurudeen Lawal_