Adamawa Police Command suspects that some insurgents may have sneaked into the Internally Displaced Persons’ camp in Malkohi where they exploded a bomb that led to the dead nine persons and scored injured others.
Eyewitnesses said the explosion, which shook the Adamawa capital and its environs, occurred at about 10.50am in Malkohi, which is about 30 kilometers from Yola, the state capital, and close to the 23rd Brigade of the Nigerian Army.
Adamawa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Gabriel Adaji, who was at the scene for on-the-spot assessment, said yesterday, that members of Boko Haram might have sneaked into the camp with the new arrivals.
The CP, who said the porous nature of the camp could be responsible to the blast, as the insurgents might have skipped the fence of the camp to cause havoc, said that rigorous screening would now be enforced among the IDPs and other visitors to the IDP camps in the state.
According to a report, among the dead were officials of the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, who together with other humanitarian bodies were overseeing the camp.
Speaking to newsmen at the blast venue, NEMA camp coordinator Adamawa State, Sa’ad Bello, suspected that the blast might have been carried out by a number of the 298 IDPs brought into the camp on Thursday morning from Madagali and 17 others from Sambisa forest.
The coordinator and the camp commander said that the number of dead might be higher because of the seriousness of those injured.
Also at the venue, the North-East coordinator of the Red Cross Society, Mallam Aliyu Maikano who collaborated with his NEMA counterpart described the situation as unfortunate.
When the Nigerian Pilot Saturday visited the scene of the blast, medical personnel and paramilitary officials were seen hurriedly evacuating the dead and the injured to the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, even as the military immediately cordoned off the blast area.
The blast shattered three tents and the NEMA stores housing relief materials for the IDPs.
It was gathered that many of the IDPs were ordered out of the camp for rescreening before they were let back into the camp.
Meanwhile the commissioner for information, Hon. Ahmed Simon, stated that the state government would foot the hospital bill of those injured during the blast.
While citizens were yet to recover from the shock of the Malkohi IDPs camp bomb blast, there was news of another explosion at Madagali town in the state.
Madagali, which borders Borno State, was among the local government areas held for over six months by the Boko Haram before the Nigerian military chased them away late last year.
The number of casualties of the Madagali blast was yet to be ascertained as at press time.


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