Nyanya blast: Residents still in shock, desert motor park

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…as Borno, Yobe States Peoples Assembly flays attack
*9 persons still on admission in Nyanya hospital

By Victoria Ojeme

RESIDENTS of Nyanya,scene of Monday’s bomb blast were still reeling in shock, yesterday, when Vanguard visited the area. Many were still unable to locate their relatives, even as they called for the permanent deployment of armed security personnel to Nyanya motor park to deter future occurrence.

Both sides of the motor park were deserted, as no passenger was willing to go into the park. Vanguard also observed that traders were few at the usual Wednesday Nyanya market, while many of those who were in the market gathered in groups to discuss the blast.

Speaking with Vanguard, yesterday, a man who identified himself as Abdullahi Shehu, said he had gone round the hospitals in FCT in search of his junior brother but cannot find him. Shehu who spoke in Hausa said, “my junior brother’s name is Sanni, from Katsina State. He is a wheel barrow pusher. He came to Nyanya park very early on Monday after the morning prayers. After the explosion, up till now, I cannot locate him. I have gone to all government hospitals in FCT, I am still unable to locate him. So now we don’t know what to do now.”

The Admin Manager of Heinz Intercontinental Fluz Ltd, the joint venture company operating the El-Rufai bus park, Mr. Chukwudi Innocent, lamented that passengers have deserted the park. He told Vanguard, “our passengers have run away. As I speak, people have stopped entering the park. They prefer standing outside the gate of the park.”

Innocent urged the government to install metal and bomb detectors, as part of new security measures, saying, “government should beef up security in all the parks to safeguard the lives of the people. Parks should have bomb detectors so that thorough searching can be made.”

9 persons still on admission in Nyanya hospital
Vanguard findings revealed that nine people were still on admission at the Nyanya general hospital, while one patient with severe burns was referred to Primus International Specialty Hospital from Asokoro general hospital. Public spirited citizens were observed trooping to Nyanya general hospital to donate bags of rice and other varieties of uncooked food.

One of the medical staff was, however, overheard telling those who came with uncooked food to bring cooked food to enable the patients feed well and allow the medication to work. Meanwhile the Borno and Yobe Peoples Forum in FCT, has joined others to condemn the attacks, urging security operatives to take every possible step to bring the perpetrators to justice. A statement by secretary of the group, Ambassador  B.K. Kaigama, described the bomb blast as heinous and unacceptable.

The statement stated “We have always said that insecurity anywhere affects the security of the entire nation. It is in this light that we are issuing this statement to demonstrate our total disgust on that dastardly act and show our solidarity with the victims of the bomb blast. We condemn this barbaric slaughter of so many innocent men, women and children. We urge security agencies to expedite their investigations, identify the culpritswhoare responsible for this heinous crime and bring them to book.”

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