The Emir of Fika in Yobe State, Alhaji Mohammed Ibn Abali Idris, on Friday in Potiskum escaped an attack by suicide bomber at the Potiskum Central Mosque.
Narrating the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Yobe Police Command’s spokesperson, Mr. Toyin Gbadegesin, said the bomber tried to get close to the emir after the Friday prayers, but was prevented by a policeman.
He said as the bomber was making frantic moves to push himself through the crowd to reach the emir, a policeman suspected his movement and pushed him down.
The spokesman said that upon falling down, one of the concealed explosives detonated and killed the bomber, while five policemen and two civilians sustained injuries. He said that the emir escaped unhurt.
Gbadegesin stated that the police anti-bomb squad, thereafter, defused some other un-exploded devices carried by the bomber.
Similarly, there was a bomb explosion at the Mahuta area of Igabi Local Government Council of Kaduna State on Thursday night, killing the suspected suicide bomber on the spot.
But for the youths in the area, several lives and property would have been destroyed.
The youths, according to an eyewitness, had mobilised themselves to arrest the deceased, but unknown to them, the suspect was primed with an Improvised Explosive Device.
The eyewitness told our correspondent that the bomber and others had entered the Afaka district in that area, on an alleged mission to eliminate the District Head, Abduwahab Aliyu.
“The incident happened about 10 pm on Thursday when some suspicious persons entered the village and some residents started questioning them and discovered that they werearmed.
“The youths were able to disarm one of them who admitted that they were on a mission to kill the village head for allegedly exposing their members.”