By Seun Babatunde.
Boko Haram, the Nigeria’s worst headache of more than two years has announced responsibility for attacks earlier in the week in the northern city of Damaturu, Yobe State, during which a minimum of 40 died.
In a patently superfluous email that only corroborated widespread public belief of Boko Haram being the mastermind of the blasts, the group promised deadlier attacks that would summarily overthrow the federal government.
“We assure all that the success of the Damaturu operation is really a sign that very soon, Allah will give us the chance of overthrowing this unjust and heathen government and replacing it with an Islamic system which is just,” a portion of the statement, obtained by Reporters365 on Thursday, reads.
One of the destroyed vehicles in the recent bombings
The attack in question got underway on Monday with blasts targeted at security officials and structures in the capital of the state, followed by several hours of fire that spilled into Tuesday afternoon of the following day.
In a related development, the Yobe State government has relaxed by six hours a two-day 24-hour curfew earlier
slammed on Damaturu.
A government statement said that while movement within Damaturu metropolis is now permissible only between 10am and 4pm, movement in Potiskum town would be even more relaxed running to 6am to 6pm. In all other parts of the state, citizens are allowed to exercise their freedom of movement between 10am and 6pm only.