The Kaduna State Governor, Mukhtar Yero, has visited the scenes of Wednesday’s bomb blast at Kawo and Alkilu road that claimed at least 72 lives.
Yero, who arrived the scene of the blasts at about 10.am, was briefed at the spots where the two bombs went off by the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Umar Shehu.
The Governor, who was accompanied by his deputy, Nuhu Bajoga, the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abbah and heads of other security agencies in the state, also visited the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, at his residence to condole him over the second bomb blast that almost claimed his life.
He spent about few minutes before moving to the 44 Army Reference Hospital where those who sustained varying degrees of injuries were receiving treatment and where the death toll had risen to 76 as at Thursday afternoon.
A total of 37 injured victims were receiving treatment at the 44 Army Reference hospitals, and the Chief Medical Director, Mohammed Abdullahi, said that all of them were responding to treatment.
The Governor, after he was conducted round the wards where the injured were being attended to by the hospital’s CMD, spoke with journalists.
While condoling with the victims, Yero described the insurgency as one of the darkest phases of the country’s history, saying that it was regrettable that while some Nigerians were busy engaging in nation building, some others were busy killing their compatriots.
General Buhari, while hosting the Governor, absolved any religion of being responsible for the spate of insurgency in the country, urging all Nigerians to collectively fight the war against terror.
Also, in an exclusive interview with Channels Television, Buhari said that he was hale and hearty, and described the attack on him as unfortunate but his survival of the attack as an act of God.
Meanwhile, the entire Kaduna town has been deserted as a result of the 24-hour curfew put in place by the State Governor. Our correspondent who went round the city reported that all markets, schools, business premises and offices remained locked.