Commissioner of Police in Borno State, Mr Damian Chukwu, addresses reporters in Maiduguri on July 23, 2018.
The Borno State Police Command has called on residents of the state to be more proactive in reporting security threats to relevant agencies.
Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Damian Chukwu, made the appeal on Monday hours after a suspected Boko Haram member killed seven worshippers at a mosque in the state.
“We need the public to be more security conscious, to be more preemptive,” he told reporters at his office in Maiduguri, the state capital.
“When they see faces that are not friendly or totally strange to their localities, they should promptly report to the security personnel, the Civilian Joint Task Force (JTF), or anybody through whom they know information can quickly reach the police, military, or any other security agency.”
Mr Chukwu also confirmed today’s attack in which the terrorist blew himself up and injured seven others in the process in Konduga Local Government Area of the state.
He said, “In the early hours of today (Monday), precisely at about 0455hrs at Goni Modu Lashibe Mosque in Konduga L.G.A., a suicide bomber strapped with Improvised Explosives Devices (IEDs) on his body, found his way into the mosque and detonated a bomb, killing himself and seven others.
“Seven others were injured instantly while they were promptly rushed to the General Hospital, Konduga, where reports say they are responding to treatment.”
The police commissioner noted that the suicide bomber took advantage of unsuspecting worshippers who assembled for the first prayer of the day to carry out the attack.
He added that a team of Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) personnel was swiftly deployed in the area to work hand-in-hand with the Divisional Police Officer there.
Chukwu urged residents in the area to go about their lawful duties as the environment has been sanitised and normalcy has since returned to the area.
He also appealed to the media to help the police in sensitising the public, saying the command recently made a massive arrest of Boko Haram insurgents and those still at large were unhappy with the development.
“there is a tendency that some of them will begin to do lots of things to continue to establish their relevance since they have not surrendered,” the commissioner said.