Many people were feared dead in multiple explosions that went off in some parts of Maiduguri, Borno State capital.

The incident took place nearly three hours after Governor Babagana Zulum, who survived twin attacks on his convoy in Baga and Gajiram general areas returned back to Maiduguri safely.

Sources say the four Improvised Explosive Devices, EIDs, were detonated at Customs general area of the metropolis at about 6:30p.m.

There was also another report of a bomb blast around Gidan Dambe area, an unspecified number of casualties have been brought to University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, UMTH.

At about 1720hrs, at least four IEDs reportedly exploded around Customs area in Jere Local Government Area of the state, while two persons were said to have been killed and scores injured.

Borno State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, said only one person was killed in the blasts, with 16 others injured following the explosions in Maiduguri metropolis.

Aliyu said that the explosions occurred in Mairi, Custom and Gwange areas of the metropolis. He also said the actual cause of the explosions was yet to be ascertained, but that Police teams had been dispatched to the areas.

“We have dispatched our Explosive Ordinance Detection, EOD, to investigate the incidents and to determine whether it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).

“Right now, I am at the Specialist Hospital where we have 16 casualties and one dead so far,” he said.

The echoes from the loud explosions sent many residents running for safety.
The Army, Police, Rapid Response Squad, Civilian Joint Tast Force, CJTF, and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, were seen rushing to the scene to restore normalcy.