by Adeola Balogun
The onslaught on Maiduguri, the Borno capital, by members of dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, seems to only be starting as the insurgents have reportedly threatened to blow up the University of Maiduguri.
This comes after the recent attack by the terrorists on an Air Force Base and the airport in the state capital.
The sect members are said to have issued the threat to bombard Maiduguri due to the fact that residents of the town had been aiding in security efforts to rid the state of the insurgents.
Nigerian Eye reports:
A security source hinted that the Boko Haram insurgents also warned residents to stay away from Federal Roads such as the busy Maiduguri-Damaturu-Bauchi Road and the Maiduguri, Damboa-Biu-Gombe Road.
The security source who confided in our correspondent on the rampaging insurgents warned that they would commence frequent attacks on the highways.
It was said that the insurgents killed some travelers along the Maiduguri Biu Road with the intent to make good their threat.
The Boko Haram threat is coming at a time when increased vehicular flow is expected on the strategic highways which connects the Maiduguri metropolis to other states in the North East and the North Central.
The source said, “For now the city looks calm but there is so much tension. We just thank God that another attack has not taken place after the one that took place last month.
“But Maiduguri is tense now because Boko Haram threatening to attack selected places in the city.
“They wrote saying that they would attack the University of Maiduguri; they also warned people to stay away from Federal highways such as the Borno-Yobe highway and the Maiduguri-Biu highway. Both you know, are major highways.
“Already, they have launched an attack on motorists slaughtering several of them along the Maiduguri-Biu Road. I don’t have the exact number of those killed in the attack.