leader of Boko Haram sect, Imam Abubakar Shekau has claimed
responsibility for a car bombing of Lagos in a new video released today
The suicide bombing carried out
by a female, was carried out near a fuel depot in Apapa area of Lagos.
The car bombing could have been a major disaster had it worked as
planned according to a security reports released on the second day after the bombing.
Shekau also said that the sect was behind the recent Abuja bombings
that killed many people in a shopping plaza located in the federal
The AFP news agency which received a copy of Mr. Shekau’s video
reported that Shekau also issued fresh threats of impending attacks.
ORIGINAL SECURITY REPORT:
Lagos Explosion Was A Car Bombing
Contrary to information sent out by Lagos State officials that
yesterday’s explosion in the Apapa area of Lago scame from a gasoline
tanker explosion,Unizik mata has now learned that the frightening
event was a car bombing. Two security sources disclosed that the
explosion was apparently carried out by a female suicide bomber and was
aimed at igniting several gasoline depots in the area.
The 9.15 p.m. explosion happened Tuesday on Creek Road near the
Burma Road junction. One security source said the explosion could have
triggered a massive inferno and inflicted a horrifying scale of
casualties as well as damage to properties in the Apapa area, which is
both a residential area as well as the hub of economic activities,
including shipping, manufacturing, and storage of petrochemical
Our source said the suicide bomber apparently sought
to ignite a series of gas distribution plants and gasoline depots owned
by Folawiyo Energy some 150 meters away from the site of the explosion.
four persons were killed by the explosion, among them the female
suicide bomber who drove a Mercedes Benz car that caused the
explosion.Eyewitnesses said the head of the female driver lay on the
ground next to the Mercedes Benz used in the bombing.
Relations Officer of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency
(LASEMA), Mr. Kehinde Adebayo, had told reporters that the explosion was
from a gasoline tanker. On their part, officials of the National
Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) told journalists that there was a
major fire outbreak on Commercial Road in Apapa on Tuesday morning. One
official said the fire raged between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. before it was
contained by firefighters, adding that one federal firefighter was
injured as he fought the fire.
The Federal emergency officials
said they were denied entry to the scene of the car bomb and were
excluded by Lagos officials from participating in the rescue and
recovery process, in an apparent move to hush up the news of the
Even though LASEMA claimed that the 9.15 p.m. explosion
was a gas cylinder explosion at a facility owned by Folawiyo Energy
Limited (FEL), the management of the company issued a statement
dissociating itself from the claim. A statement signed by the company’s
media consultant, Muyiwa Adekeye, said the explosion did not happen on
An account by Vanguard newspaper that first
pointed to evidence of a car bombing suggested that Boko Haram militants
might have targeted the farm tank with highly inflammable material
packed in a Mercedes Benz car in order to avoid detection and cause
Although the car exploded beside a loaded gasoline tanker, the tanker did not catch fire.
The apparent car bomb will be the first in Lagos since the Boko Haram insurgency entered its most violent stage in 2009.