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50 Dead, 30 Injured In Zaria Twin Blast

Posted: Jul 8, 2015 at 12:45 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Gabriel John –  Kaduna


Twin bomb blast occurred in Sabon Gari, Zaria Local Government Area of Kaduna State yesterday killing over 50 people while more than 30 others were injured. The two blasts which occured in quick succession went off arouund 10.00am and 10.05am as several local governments staff gathered at the Sabon Gari Local Government secretariat for a staff
verification exercise.

It was reliable gathered that as earlier as 6.00am yesterday, local government staff had gathered at the designated centre waiting for the verification exercise when the blast went off. Most affected were the local government staffs, including teachers from other local governments within Zaria metropolis who were asked to gather at the venue for verification which was earlier introduced by the state governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai to detect ghost workers in the state.

The injured victims were conveyed in buses to the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital and St. Luke Catholic Hospital, Wusasa Zaria for treatment, while those recovered dead were equally deposited at the same hospitals.

An eye witness, a teacher in one of the local governments, Mr. Lukas Auta who could not hold back his tears while speaking with Daily Independent Newspapers said 50 dead bodies, including children between the ages of 11 and 15 were packed in trucks and buses to ABU Teaching
Hospitals and St. Luke Catholic Hospital Wusasa, even as he could not count the number of injured victims.

“The blast happened around 10.00am this morning, (referring to yesterday) when we came for verification because we in Zaria metropolis were told to gather at the Sabon Gari Local Government because of its available space to accommodate us. All of a sudden, I heard a sound that deafened my ears. I was confused but later when my eyes opened I saw bodies of people scattered all over.”

According to him, he could have been a victim, but the exercise for his sick wife who he took to a private hospital before going for.

“I told my wife on Monday that I have to rush to Sabon Gari Local Government and do my verification before I come to convey her to the hospital, but she insisted that I should take her to hospital first before going for verification. As I was reaching the gate not up to five minutes, I heard the first blast, and not up to two minutes, another blast occurred. That was how God saved my life.”  Mr. Luka said
At the time of filling in this report, many have continued to troop in ABU Teaching Hospital and St. Luke Catholic Hospital in search of their beloved ones.

Meanwhile, Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Ahmed el-Rufai has banned with immediate effect, any form of street trading and begging in the state.

In a statement by Samul Aruwan, his media aide, governor said the ban takes effect from Tuesday, 7th July 2015.

The order was to reinforce security in the state following the suicide attack in Zaria that claimed the lives of 25 people.

The statement emphasized that the ban on commercial motorcycle operation was still in force, warning that the government will deal decisively with offenders. “All beggars and street traders should stay off the streets until further notice. Any beggars or hawker found on the streets will be arrested until these are relaxed”, while also urging them to cooperate with security agencies.

Meanwhile the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Zubairu Abubakar has called on the citizens of the state to be conscious of their environment.

Speaking with Daily Independent, the PPRO confirmed that 21 people were killed by a female suicide bomber in Zaria amongst who are civil servants who had gone for verification and people who had come to congratulate the Caretaker Committee chairman who had just been appointed by the governor.

The PPRO, who said he visited the scene of the explosion together with the Commissioner of Police, disclosed that the area had been condoned off by the security operatives while investigation is ongoing.

Asked on the safety of the civil servants who are still undergoing verification in the state, Zubairu stated that security is everyone’s business and that the people should be conscious of their environment and look and report any suspicious looking person. He disclosed that henceforth, the verification exercise would be done in a confined and secured environment whereby every entrant would be scrutinized and cleared by security officials.

On the issue of if the attack had any linkage to some of the protests in the state, Zubairu said there was no linkage whatsoever as yesterday’s protest in the state was about youths protesting the appointment of the Caretaker Committee chairman posted to their local government.