The two women in their late 20s and wearing long hijab seemed to have been activated by their Boko Haram accomplices for a major suicide bombing operation but unforeseen circumstance did not permit them to carry out their heinous act.
An eyewitness, said the women came from no where to Ngamdu village, 100km away from Maiduguri and 35km distance to Damaturu, where they join other would-be travellers in waiting for a commercial vehicle to take them to the Yobe state capital.
According to the witness, who does not want his name mentioned in this story, a smart bus driver whom the women flagged down to convey them to Damaturu, suddenly, became suspicious after observing how disheveled they both looked and quickly declined by pretending that he was not getting as far as Damaturu.
“Some of us were slightly suspicious when we saw them, but we felt they may not be what we suspected them to be”, said the witness who spoke to LEADERSHIP by phone.
“But when the driver stopped by to pick them, he later changed his mind and said he was not going as far as Damaturu; that he would only get to the next village about 5km ahead and then turn back to Maiduguri. One of the women who looked desperate insisted they should join the driver so that he could take them back to Maiduguri so that theey could get a vehicle from there to Damaturu because they had waited all day without getting a vehicle, The driver declined and drove off; but we all knew the driver was actually going to Damaturu”.
‘Minutes after the driver had left them, one of the women tried to move a bit then we heard an explosion which instantly killed her and her colleague as well as two other innocent travellers who were also waiting for a bus. Seconds later, another bomb exploded from the body of the other woman who was with the first suicide bomber. That was when we realised that the women were actually on a mission to kill in Damaturu”.
The two women according to many witnesses may have been out on a suicide bombing mission, and didn’t mind where they got to carry out the deadly mission.