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Bauchi Blasts – CAN Chairman Calls On Jonathan to Address Insecurity

| September 24, 2012 More

Photo: Leadership

Bauchi โ€” The Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Bauchi, Reverend Lawi Pokti has confirmed that four people were killed and more than 40 others seriously wounded in the explosion in today’s attack.

Reverend Pokti stated this while speaking with newsmen at the church premises in Bauchi. He commiserated with the victims of the blast and prayed to God to bring an end to this dastardly act.

The CAN Chairman, described the attack as unfortunate and called on President Goodluck Jonathan to be courageous enough to address the lingering insecurity in the country. He advised Bauchi state government to intensify security efforts to curb the attacks on their members, saying people were no longer safe to go to places of worship.

A reliable source at the ATBUTH told Daily Trust correspondent that the hospital received 45 victims and recorded four people died; two died while receiving treatment, out of the number including 18 male adults, 15 female adults, eight children and four dead bodies.

The hospital is yet to discharge all the affected victims but the victims with minor injuries will be treated and discharged at the end of review of their status by medical experts.

Daily Trust correspondent gathered that the drums filled with cement which were mounted strategically within the church gate prevented the bomber from penetrating the church and this reduced the casualty figure.

One man who simply identified himself as Paul wept as he narrated that his wife Gloria was killed in the blast. He said he was still looking for his son and was praying he was safe.

There is fear that the death could rise even as the injured were rushed to the Emergency Centre of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi.

One of the injured victims, in ATBUTH Eugene Uguru was weeping as he narrated that his two children were killed in the blast.

According to eye witnesses, the suicide bomber in a bid to beat the security personnel took the wrong way in front of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.

“He went for the first mass which was 6am. The second mass was around 8:55am. We had just finished the first mass and we were going out of the church. The people coming for second mass were filing in.

“I just left the church premises and took a U-turn and as I was about to reach the traffic light, I suddenly heard an explosion.”

Another eye witness who pleaded anonymity said the suicide bomber came in an Opel car which was wrecked beyond recognition while the body of the bomber was blown into pieces.

Meanwhile, the Bauchi State Government has condemned Sunday’s attack describing it as the handiwork of terrorists.

The Chef Press Secretary to Governor Isa Yuguda, Mr Ishola Michael who made the statement in an interview with newsmen while reacting to the attack assured that the state government was doing everything possible to forestall a reoccurrence by intensifying security in the state.

Category: Bauchi State News

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