A solar-powered explosive device believed to have been coupled by Boko Haram terrorists was found dumped at a crowded internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Maiduguri, Borno state, Northeast Nigeria on Monday, May 16, 2022.
The improvised explosive device (IED), concealed in a plastic bucket, was connected to a mini solar panel which is suspected to be its main source of power. The lethal explosive was carefully planted overnight within the Dalori-1 IDP camp.
The explosive which was concealed in a plastic bucket and connected to a mini solar panel was seen abandoned near the perimeter fencing of the Dalori IDP camp. Dalori camp is one of the biggest facilities housing displaced persons in Borno state.
The police commissioner, Abdu Umar who confirmed the development to HumAngle newspaper, said he has deployed his operatives of the Explosives Ordinance Department (EOD) to the site for possible defusing of the IED.
Sources at the Dalori IDP camp hinted that residents of the camp sighted the suspicious concealment in the early hours of Monday and alerted the security operatives in the camp.
“The policemen arrived swiftly on time and defused it at once,” a member of the Civilian-JTF working in the camp informed HumAngle.
A police EOD expert who spoke with HumAngle off the record said “the IED was massive and has the capacity of impacting a hundred-meter radius.”
He said going by the way the IED was wired, it would have detonated itself as soon as it received a certain degree of charging through the solar panel.
Boko Haram terrorists had in recent times resorted to using non-human warheads in carrying out ambush and attacks on soft targets.
Since January 2021, Solar power has become a major source of electricity for the people of Maiduguri and its environs after Boko Haram terrorists had destroyed major power installation lines that connect the state with the National grid.