Some internally displaced persons (IDPs) who were in a truck and are being conveyed from Maiduguri, the Borno State capital, back to Gamboru-Ngala, a border community about 145km away, reportedly ran into a landmine planted on an highway causing an explosion which injured some of the passengers.
According to a reportby Premium Times, the sad incident occurred barely an hour after the military authority in Maiduguri, officially okayed the movement of over 200 cars and trucks conveying the returnee IDPs and food items to the liberated border community.
Speaking to a correspondent, the Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Bello Moduganari, confirmed the incident and said;
“We just received the sad news that one of the vehicles that we had cleared to move to Gamboru-Ngala ran into a landmine at Ngom Village, some 20km away from Maiduguri.
“There is no report of death in the incident so far, but we have arranged to take the victims to the hospital here in Maiduguri.
“We learnt the landmine was planted in the centre of the road and an unsuspecting Land Cruiser jeep ran over it,” he said.