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

Maiduguri Blast: Death Toll Rises To 17

bomb blastConflicting reports trail the death toll from the multiple bomb explosion which occurred in Maiduguri on Thursday.

Hospital sources say the death toll has risen to 17, but a statement by the Nigerian Army confirms 14 people including 4 suicide bombers dead and 39 others wounded.

The explosions occurred at Sajeri not far away from Ajilari Railway Crossing in Maiduguri on Thursday evening.

The suicide bombers detonated their vests simultaneously.

Three of the terrorists in the same area and the fourth detonated in front of a Mosque.

Reports say the suicide bombers took advantage of a military exercise in the area to carry out the act.

In the statement signed by the Acting Director, Army Public Relations, Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Army is appealing to residents, especially those in the affected areas to remain calm and continue to be very vigilant and security conscious as everything necessary is being done to secure their lives and property.

The Ajilari Cross -Gomari Airport area had recently recorded high number of casualties from multiple suicide bombing by suspected Boko Haram insurgents.

Churches To Honor Victims As Washington Mudslide Death Toll Climbs

Churches planned services on Sunday to offer prayers for the victims of last week’s devastating mudslide in Washington state as the death toll from the disaster kept rising but the number of missing fell sharply.A home located off Highway 530 is surrounded by mud and debris as search work continues from a massive landslide that struck Oso near Darrington, Washington

The presumed body count rose to 28 on Saturday from the March 22 catastrophe northeast of Seattle, with the official tally of those killed now 18 based on bodies extricated and identified by medical examiners.

But despite the grim toll, news also came that the number of missing fell to 30 from 90 as officials were able to account for dozens of people as “safe and well.”

Rescue and recovery workers pushed through wind and rain on Saturday to comb through debris a week after a rain-soaked hillside above the north fork of the Stillaguamish River gave way without warning and sent a wall of mud cascading over dozens of homes near the rural Washington town of Oso.

Churches will lead prayers on Sunday for victims and their families as well as rescue workers who have been searching through a debris field that covers a square mile (2.6 square km).

Gordy Beil, a 63-year-old photographer and painter in Darrington, about 10 miles from Oso, said he anticipated a painful service at the Episcopal church he plans to attend on Sunday morning.

“It will be good for people to go and get what they need to get out of it,” he said.

Don Little, 66, a Redmond, Washington, resident in town to visit his son, said he would attend the Church of God of Prophecy in Darrington, where one of the congregants has a husband among the missing and is having a hard time grasping that he is gone.

Those at the service will be praying both for the miracle of his safety and for the woman’s coming to accept her loss with a measure of peace, Little said.

“She’s still hoping beyond hope that they find him alive, and everybody’s wishing for that,” he said. “Sometimes we don’t get what we really want but we’ve got to learn to accept things.”

FUNERALS PLANNED

Funeral preparations are also beginning for those lost in the tragedy.

At the Weller Funeral Home in the town of Arlington, only a few miles from the site of the mudslide, staff members who typically plan two to three funerals weekly are preparing for 12 this week.

“Some people who have come here, they’ve only found one family member, and they’re now searching for the fourth or fifth or sixth member of the family,” said Diane Wilson-simon, who helps families plan services at the funeral home.

No one has been pulled alive from the rubble since the day the landslide hit, when at least eight people were injured but survived. Rescuers have found no signs of life since then.

Ron Brown, a Snohomish County official involved in search-and-rescue operations, said the debris field may end up being the final resting place for some victims, who may be buried so thoroughly they cannot be found.

“That’s going to be hallowed ground out there,” he said.

In addition to prayers, many are offering donations of money, food, clothing and other items.

At the Weller Funeral Home, Wilson-simon said she had been overwhelmed by the generosity of people who had donated to help pay for victims’ funerals.

“It’s just overwhelming to see so much loss of life, but heartwarming to see so much outpouring of community support,” she said.”

Death Toll On Kenya Coast Rises To Nine: Police Sources

A total of nine individuals have been reported dead following attacks by unknown rebels in Kenya.

At least five people were killed in the coastal town of Kilifi in an attack by unidentified machete-wielding men as voting began in a tense presidential election on Monday, district police said, bringing the death toll in violence on the coast to nine so far.

“Our officers were manning a polling station in Chumani area, Kilifi when they were attacked by a group of youths with pangas (machetes) at around 1 a.m. (2200 GMT). It was an ambush that caught the officers unaware, and as a result five people were killed, two regular police officers, one Kenya Wildlife Service officer and two civilians,” Clement Wangai, Kilifi district police chief, said.