The Nigeria army has warned members of the public to be wary of people dressed as “mad men”, especially in the north-east, saying they could be suicide bombers waiting to detonate their explosive devices.
Rabe Abubakar, a brigadier-general and and acting director of defence information, issued the warning on Saturday, following Friday’s bomb blast at Gombi market, Adamawa state, that resulted in the death of 10 people.
“It has come to the notice of the Defence Headquarters (DHQ) that Boko Haram members, in their desperation to cause colossal havoc, have now devised a new method where they dress like mad persons to gain unsuspecting access to public areas to detonate bombs,”
Abubakar said in a statement. “The 2 male suicide bombers, dressed like mad women and carried out suicide bomb attack in Gombi, Adamawa state, is instructive in this direction. Five people lost their lives and several others were wounded in the heinous attack by these ungodly people.
“The Defence Headquarters therefore urges our fellow good citizens across the country to be wary of mad persons approaching markets, public places or crowded areas so as to nip this ugly trend in the bud.
“Nigerians are also enjoined to be security-conscious at all times and should endeavour to report any suspicious person or object to security agencies for prompt action.”