Speaking to pressmen, the spokesman of the State Police Command, Mr Victor Isuku, disclosed that the commercial minibus with nine people onboard suddenly exploded shortly after it hit the Gubio highway, north of Maiduguri – near a military checkpoint.
“There was an explosion today along Gubio road just before the military checkpoint.
“According to a preliminary report, a pick-up van with nine persons onboard emerged from a bush path to join the road to Gubio town when it exploded, killing four of those onboard,” Isuku said.
Isuku also said that some other passengers were wounded – some critically – suggesting that the death toll could rise.
The spokesman added that more details of the incident would be released after due investigation.