by Isi Esene
The Emir of Fika in Yobe State, Alhaji Muhammed Abali Ibn Mohammed Idrisa, was on Friday targeted in a suicide bomb attack which killed his police orderly.
Sources say the Emir had just finished his Friday prayers when the incident took place. He is reported to be unhurt.
“A man who looked in his 40s approached the Emir and tried to embrace him, but people around pushed him away, and at that moment, a bomb concealed under his caftan went off,” one witness said.
“Those wounded included the Emir’s orderly, a mosque aid worker and a nurse,” the witness said.
A similar incident happened last month and at the palace prayer ground of the Shehu of Borno. In that attack, the Shehu of Borno, Abubakar bin Umar Gabai Elkanemi, and the deputy governor of the state who were also at the palace escaped the blast unhurt, a blast that happened as they finished their Friday prayers. The explosion reportedly injured the ward head of Galtimari, Alhaji Lawan Makinta, and some children in the Shehu’s entourage.
According to the Punch Newspapers, the Fika Emirate has witnessed bloody attacks suspected to have been carried out by the dreaded Boko Haram sect, who have in the past few months invaded a cattle market in Potiskum and killed dozens of traders twice.
The reason for this attack is not clear, but the Boko Haram Islamic militant group have recently vowed to neutralise anyone seen to be against its religious and ideological objectives.