Suicide bombers said to be three in number stormed the Federal High Court in Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri at 3.50 a.m. Friday morning, but the bombers could not do much damage as mobile police officers stationed nearby were able to contain them, ensuring that their explosives had minimal impact.
A police statement disclosed that the bombers, two females and one male, had apparently planned to inflict death on the police and other security agents guarding the court.
"By 3:50 a.m. today, mobile police personnel on guard duty opposite the Federal High Court sighted three suspected suicide bombers (two females and a male) running towards their sandbag,” said the statement.
"In the process, one of them detonated the improvised explosive device strapped to her body, killing herself and one other male accomplice. The other female survivor was arrested alive and subsequently handed over to the military for further exploitation and necessary follow-up actions."
Following the incident, police bomb disposal experts arrived at the scene and detonated unexploded IEDs on the bodies of the deceased suicide bombers. The police statement disclosed that the second set of explosions “was as a result of the demolition of the remaining IEDs by [the] police.”
According to the police, normalcy had been restored around the area.