Emir Of Fika Escapes Death By Suicide Bomber…Policemen, Others Injured In Attack
Divine intervention today averted what would have been a great disaster in Yobe state in North East Nigeria as the Emir of Fika and chairman of Yobe state traditional council of chiefs, Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa escaped being killed by a suicide bomber who struck in front of the Potiskum Central Mosque soon after the Friday Juma’a prayer.
According to eye witnesses, the lone bomber who had strapped the bomb on his back and hovered around the emir before the start of the Juma’a prayer struck at about 2pm when the emir and other chiefs as well as their aides were coming out of the mosque located right in front of the emir’s palace.
A police orderly attached to the emir who prevented the suicide bomber from drawing too close to the emir was blown off with his limps cut off while the bomber himself was blown into pieces. Alhaji Muhammadu Abali Ibn Muhammadu Idrissa was installed the Emir of Fika about two years ago.
Yobe State Police Commissioner, Patrick Egbuniwe who confirmed the attack said the suicide bomber attempted to kill the emir who was installed barely two years ago adding that “one of our men attached to the emir of Fika, Alhaji Muhammadu Ibn Idrissa, was seriously injured, losing one of his arms, while attempting to prevent the bomber from detonating the explosive devices strapped on his back. Some people were also injured and they have been rushed to the hospital for the treatment of the wounds they sustained in the blast.”
Operatives of the military Joint Task Force in the state had since cordoned off all roads leading to the emir’s palace.