The Nigerian army has revealed how it averted what would have been a terrible disaster on Sunday morning.
The Army said in a statement that a bag suspected to contain explosives was sighted by a passers-by and promptly alerted the Army authorities.
The bag was later found to be filled with bombs and was subsequently defused.
A statement by Col. Sani Usman, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, said the planned attack occurred on Sunday, July 31 when passers-by spotted the suspicious bag which was close to the house of Malla Kampala, former Governor of Borno State.
The statement said: “In continuation of their clearance operations against the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in various nooks and crannies of the North East geo-political zone of the country, troops on Operation LAFIYA DOLE last night carried out a successful ambush against Boko Haram terrorists at a crossing point.
“The ambush party decisively dealt with the terrorists riding on bicycles at a crossing point off Damboa-Kubwa road towards Multe village axis. The team killed 1 terrorist, while others escaped with gun shot wounds. The troops recovered 1 AK-47 rifle with registration number 565907530 and 14 rounds of 7.62mm (Special) ammunition, a wooden Dane Gun shaped to the resemblance of an AK-47rifle, 1 fabricated double-barrelled pistol and 4 bicycles.
“In a related development, earlier this morning, there was a report of a suspected bag containing Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) near ECC premises, which is adjacent to the residence of a former Governor of Borno State, Malla Kachalla, along Pompomari bye-pass in Maiduguri. The Nigeria Police Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) team were immediately called while the military provided outer cordon as the team successfully and safely demobilized the IED bag.
“The Nigerian Army wishes to commend those good citizens that alerted the military for the timely and useful information that led to this recovery.
“This is the type of cooperation and support we always require from citizens of this country to enable us clear the remnants of Boko Haram terrorists.
“We wish to reiterate the need for all to be more vigilant, security conscious and report any suspicious movements or persons to the nearest security agency”, it said.