SGF, Chief of Defense Staff Visit Nyanya Bomb Site

NyanyaThe Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and the Chief of Defense Staff, General Abayomi Olonisakin have urged citizens to remain calm as perpetrators of the Abuja bombings would be brought to book.

Speaking to journalists after visiting the sites and the National Hospital, where most of the victims of the Nyanya bombing were transferred to for treatment, the SGF gave the assurance that the insurgents would be defeated.

“We want to encourage Nigerians not to despair because we know that the insurgents are being defeated… As the President has directed and as the security agents have assured, come December we will be rid of this menace,” he said.

The Chief of Defence Staff, however, said that security agencies would need to reassess their strategies to beat the new dimension that the insurgents have taken.

“We commiserate with the families who have lost their dear ones and for the security agencies we will begin to reappraise our security infrastructure and setup to ensure that we are able to address this challenges appropriately.Nyanya

“We are really sad that these insurgents have decided to be hitting on soft targets but we are not deterred in our efforts to rid them from the nation, Nigeria.

“We are working with the President’s directive and we are putting all action and all our strategies in place to ensure that we achieve the presidential directive.”

Victims of the Nyanya bomb blast who were hitherto rushed to the Nyanya General Hospital have all been transferred to the National and Asokoro General Hospital in Abuja for intensive care.

The Head of Clinical Services at the Asokoro Hospital also confirmed that bodies of three persons have also been deposited in the morgue.

A total of 20 deaths and 41 injured have been recorded from the three blasts that rocked Nyanya and Kuje, both suburbs of Abuja on Friday night.

The site of the suicide bombing in Nyanya has been cordoned by security officials, but the damage left by the bomber is huge.

This is the second time in two years that suicide bombers have detonated bombs in Nyanya with several casualties.

Abuja Bombing: Death Toll Now 20

Abuja bombingDeath tolls from the bombing that rocked two satellite towns in Abuja has risen to 20.

The Director of Public Health at the Ministry of Health, Mr Opada Balami, said that the fatality figures in Kuje has risen to 15, while that of Nyanya now stands at five.

According to him, out of the 41 injured, only 24 are currently receiving treatment at the various government hospitals in Abuja as others with minor injuries have been discharged.

“The total number of persons that died are 20 and distributed as follows; Kuje, we have 15 persons who died, at the Nyanya site we have five persons who also died.

“The total number of persons that were injured and taken to hospital by the first responders are as follows; Kuje 20, Nyanya 21.

“Number of cases currently in the hospital; there are no cases in the Nyanya and Kuje General Hospital but we have seven patients in Asokoro Hospital. We also have 13 patients in National Hospital and four patients in Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital,” he said.

Senate President Saraki Condemns Abuja Bomb Blasts

sarakiSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has condemned the bomb explosions in the satellite towns of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kuje and Nyanya.

Senator Saraki, in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja, urged Nigerians not to panic, as the renewed attacks are signs that the days of Boko Haram are numbered.

He commended the security agencies for their quick response to the incidents in Nyanya and Kuje, especially the prompt evacuation of both the dead and injured to medical facilities where they are receiving needed medical attention.

He, however, urged the security agencies to step up the intelligence gathering machinery and leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the peace that has returned to the Federal Capital Tertiary (FCT) and its environs is not only sustained but improved upon.

He also called on Nigerians not to relent in their prayers and making critical intelligence available to security forces, to aid them in their final onslaught against insurgency in the North-East and other affected parts of the country.

The Senate President commiserated with the families of victims of the explosions and wished those hospitalized speedy recovery.

He said that the Senate would continue to support the troops with appropriate legislations and necessary budgetary allocations to enable them succeed in the task of effectively defending the territorial integrity of the country, as well as assisting in the maintenance of internal security.

 

President Buhari Vows To End Violent Extremism

BuhariPresident Muhammadu Buhari has spoken of the determination of his administration to rid the country of extremism as a way of eradicating violence in the country.

Speaking on Saturday morning, after he received a briefing from a fact-finding team he sent to the parts of the Federal Capital territory which came under terrorist bombings on Friday evening, the President said that for terrorism to be uprooted from the country, the society must be rid of violent extremism.

“The defeat of Boko Haram insurgency is in sight but to remove violence and make the country safe, we must tackle the prevalence of violent extremism. In doing this, we will learn from the experience of the international community,” President Buhari assured.

A statement issued by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, quoted the President as directing the security services to raise their surveillance activities to meet the challenges of a retreating, desperate terrorist army and for the general public to remain acutely aware of security in and around them.

He sympathized with the families of the victims of these incidents as well as the families of others who were killed in similar incidents a few days earlier in Borno State.

IGP Deploys Policemen Around Abuja     

IGPThe Inspector-General of Police Mr. Solomon  Arase,  has asked Abuja residents and Nigerians elsewhere to remain calm as the Police is doing  everything to ensure adequate security of lives and property.

A statement issued by the Force Headquarters says that the perpetrators action is cowardly, but that the nation would not succumb to such acts of terror.

The Police boss has also ordered an immediate deployment of police explosives ordinance disposal units to the scenes to prevent further destructions.

The IGP is also appealing to Nigerians to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest police station or any other security agencies for prompt interventions.

Bomb Blasts Rock Kuje Market, Police Station In Abuja

News from Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city is that suspected Boko Haram members have detonated Improvised Explosive Devices at the Kuje market and the Police station in Abuja.

Scores of people are feared dead.

Details soon

Nigerian Army Chief Calls For Patience As Forces Fight Insurgency

lt.general-kenneth-minimahThe Chief of Army Staff in Nigeria, Lt-General Kenneth Minimah, has appealed to Nigerians to be patient with the military as they battle against Insurgency in the northeast.

General Minimah made the appeal at the Third Quarter Conference of the Chief of Army Staff held on Monday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He announced that the Army was reappraising its strategies and operational tactics which would soon yield the desired result.

The event, according to the Chief of Policy and Plans of the Nigerian Army, General Jack Nwaogbo, was organised for the Army to reappraise itself and strategize its operations especially in the fight against terrorism.

The Chief of Army Staff gave assurances that the military was winning the war against terrorism, insisting that the terrorists’ activities would soon be a thing of the past.

He, however, warned the men of the Nigerian Army to stay clear of any act of indiscipline that would be capable of bringing the military to disrepute.

It is not the first time the Military is promising an end to insurgency, but Nigerians will only hope that the words of the Chief of Army Staff will come to pass in the shortest possible time, as the over four years insurgency has claimed over 10,000 lives.

Members of the Boko Haram terrorist group has carried out series of attacks on churches, mosques, schools and villages in Nigeria’s  northeast and some states in the central region, with one of the attacks on a village in Borno resulting in the abduction of over 200 girls from their school dormitory in the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok.

Since the girls were abducted on April 14, groups have called on security agencies and the Nigerian government to act fast and rescue the girls, but the military in May said it had identified the location of the girls and was planning their rescue to ensure there would not be casualties on the side of the girls.

Air Chief Marshall Alex Badeh told some protesters at the Defense Headquarters in Abuja on May 26 that the military was, however, not using force to rescue the kidnapped girls.

He said that the military had information on the location of the girls but would tread softly to get the students out.

 


 

 

 

Police dismisses Abuja blast rumours

The Police Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba on Tuesday dismissed rumours of a bomb explosion at the EFAB mall located in the Lokogoma district of the Federal Capital Territory Abuja.

Mr Mba explained that the incident, a minor fire outbreak started from a laundry shop in the premises and the explosion sound heard by witnesses resulted from an air conditioner compressor and not explosive devices.

“It is unfortunate that some people have gone to town to report that it was an explosion; it was a mere fire outbreak at a shopping complex in Lokogoma.

“Reports reaching us showed that the fire, triggered by an electrical fault, started from a laundry shop at the shopping complex.

“It was also said that part of the building was razed by the fire and the explosion.

“The big sound that caused the false alarm came from the compressor of the air conditioning system at the shop,”he said.

Mr Mba also said that no lives were lost in the incident except for the property contained in parts of the building razed by the fire.

He urged residents of the territory to disregard the rumour and move on with their legitimate businesses, assuring them of police’s readiness to protect their lives and property.

The police spokesman, however, advised property owners to always provide safety equipment in their buildings and to ensure strict adherence to safety precautions and to avoid similar occurrence in future.

Meanwhile, an eyewitness and owner of the laundry shop confirmed that all ten shops and some houses in the area were affected but maintained that no one is certain about the actual cause of the early morning explosion.