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.