Ikeja bomb blasts: Victims’ families lament delayed compensation

Some 15 years after the Ikeja Military Cantonment Bomb Blasts in Lagos, some victims’ families on Friday cried out to both the Federal and Lagos State governments over the delay in the payment of the compensation promised them.

The Chairman, 2002 Ikeja Bomb Blasts Victims’ Families, Nurudeen Oyegbemi, made the call at the site of the mass burial, where prayers were offered for the souls of the departed at Oke-Afa, Isolo, in Lagos.

While speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Mr. Oyegbemi said the Lagos State Government paid compensation to 70 families of victims, while 84 families were excluded.

“This incident happened on January 27, 2002 and most of us lost our relatives and loved ones.

“When the incident happened, we were told that those that lost their loved ones should register their names with the state government.

“The following year, the Federal Government invited us to the National Assembly and gave N500,000 to those that lost their beloved ones, while N250,000 was given to the victims’ families that got missing.

“According to the government, they made us to understand that the monies given were just relief packages, adding that they would soon compensate us adequately.

“After ten years, the Lagos State Government, out of the 154 victims’ families, gave only 70 families N250,000 while the remaining 84 were left behind and since then, they have not done anything about it,” he said.

Mr. Oyegbemi, who lost his 14-year-old son in the bomb blast, appealed to the federal and state governments not to abandon them and come to their aid.

The vice chairman of the group, Ise Christopher, who also lost his daughter, Adesua, during the blasts, aligned himself with the chairman by appealing to the governments to come to their aid.

Recalling the unfortunate incident, the 57-year-old man said the day, which he described as the saddest day of his life, would have been a multiple disaster for his family.

“The elder brother of Adesua was also in the canal but we were able to bring him out alive and revive him, although we spent a lot of money to revive him in the hospital,” he said.

A woman who claimed she lost her four children, Saulat Feyisetan, while crying, appealed to the governments to assist them, even as their loved ones could not be revived.

“If my children were alive, I know what they would have done for me but the truth is that I am always sad anytime I think and pass across this burial ground.

“They should not neglect us but rather help us financially,’’ she cried out.

The January 27, 2002 bomb blasts led to the deaths of over 1000 persons and left many others injured, following a stampede, during the blasts.

Bomb Blast Hits Maiduguri, Many Feared Dead

Many traders and travellers were feared killed on Wednesday as an improvised explosive suspected to have been planted by Boko Haram insurgents went off outside a car park in Maiduguri, Borno state.

The explosion went off at a park popularly called Mun Garage at about 9a.m. in the capital city of the north-east Nigerian state.

A witness who said he was lucky to survive the incident said he saw about a dozen bodies covered with blood littering the scene.

“I thank God for sparing my life,,” said Usman Kachalla, a local trader. “I don’t know if it is a suicide bomber, we just heard the blast and I saw my self covered with dust.”

An official of the Civilian-JTF, Alhaji Khalil, confirmed the incident.

“Yes there was a blast early this morning outside Muna Garage along Mafa road. We have sent our operatives down there; but we have not confirmed the casualty,” said the Civilian-JTF official.

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Security Operatives Avert Another Bomb Blast In Maiduguri

Security operatives have demobilized materials suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devises (IED) planted near the office of the Borno State Pilgrims Welfare Board in Maiduguri

The Public Relations Officer of the Borno State Police Command, Mr Victor Isuku, made the disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Maiduguri on Monday.

He said that the IEDs, which were planted by people suspected to be members of the Boko Haram terror group were demobilized by a joint security team.

“I can confirm that it was a joint police/military operation that demobilized the IEDs but thank God, no live was lost or injuries recorded, “Isuku said.

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Istanbul Bomb Blast Caught On Tourist’s Camera

The moment a suspected Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 10 people in an attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul was captured on one tourist’s camera.

Eight Germans and a Peruvian man have been confirmed as the victims of the blast in Sultanahmet Square, next to the city’s famous Blue Mosque landmark.

Another 15 people, including nine Germans, were injured in the attack, which happened at 10.20am local time (8.20am UK time).

The tourist, who happened to be filming at the site when the suicide bomber struck, survived the attack unharmed.

Click here to watch clip.

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Adamawa Confirms 17 Dead, 41 Injured In Madagali Suicide Bomb Attacks

Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency (ADSEMA), has confirmed the death of 17 persons in Monday’s twin suicide bomb attack in Madagali town.

The Executive Secretary of ADSEMA, Mallam Haruna Furo, who made the confirmation, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Yola that 41 people sustained injuries.
He said that the injured were taken to hospitals in Mubi and Yola.

NAN reports that two female suicide bombers on Monday blew themselves up in a open air market located in a motor park in Madagali.


The Adamawa Government had on Tuesday dispatched an assessment team to Madagali over Monday’s suicide bombing that claimed 17 lives.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mallam Ahmad Sajoh,
“So far we have 17 dead and 41 injured who have been taken to hospitals in Madagali, Mubi and Yola.

“The state government has directed free treatment for the injured,” Sajoh said.
The commissioner urged residents to be more vigilant to prevent such attacks and report suspcious movemnts and objects to securtiy agencies.
Sajoh said that the state government would intensify enlightenment campaign programme in the area to reawaken the people on security consciousness.

Katsina Mosque Bomb Blast Confirmed, Suspect Nabbed With Explosive Remnants

Explosion rocked a mosque at Yartabki village near the headquarters of Funtua local government in Katsina State on Tuesday.

The state’s police public relations officer, Aminu Saqiq, confirmed the incident to the New Agency of Nigeria. But said no one was injured in the incident.

The police spokesman said a suspect had been arrested, disclosing that two mobile cell phones and remnants of the explosives were also recovered.

He added that the recovered items were being ascertained by experts.The worshippers, who were reportedly scared after spotting a black polythene bag inside the mosque, informed the police, but the explosives detonated before the arrival of the security team.

According to NAN, the paint on the wall and carpets of the mosque got burnt.

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Yola Blast: Relatives Besiege Hospital For Remains Of Loved Ones

Relatives of victims of Tuesday’s blast in Yola have besieged the Specialists Hospital, Yola, to claim the remains of their loved ones.

Many of the relatives said they thronged the mortuary after visiting the hospital emergency wards and could not locate their relatives.

“Since I did not see my brother who was selling sugar cane at the scene of the incident, I have no option but to come to the mortuary,” said one of them, who simply gave his name as Adamu.


Another one, Habila Ibrahim, also said he checked the wards in the specialists hospital and the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, before visiting the mortuary to ascertain if his brother was among the dead.


The Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Bala Sa’id, said the hospital had received 29 dead bodies from the scene of the incident.


“As at yesterday night we had 29 corpses in the mortuary.


“We also have 30 people on admission with various degrees of injury; I believe by now some of those injured are stable. We are now about to take our rounds and make some discharges,” Sa’id said.


He said among the dead were six women and eight children.

Also speaking to NAN, the Public Relations Officer of Yola Federal Medical Centre, Malam Adamu Dodo, said 41 casualties were taken to the hospital, including four dead.

“One of the dead is a woman,” Dodo said.

NAN reports that the blast occurred at 8 p.m. at a night market in front of the Tipper Garage,Yola.

The incident happened about a month after the blast at the Friday Mosque in Jambutu Area, also in Yola.




Adamawa State Polytechnic Authorities Confirm 8 Students Dead In Blast That Occurred In School Premises

Authorities of Adamawa State Polytechnic has confirmed that eight students died in the October 23rd bomb blast took place during the opening ceremony of a Juma’at Mosque located at the School of Engineering of the institution in Jambutu.

In a press statement released by the school authorities yesterday, it was noted that aside the eight students that died, four other students are currently receiving treatments at different hospitals while two other staff of the school are also on admission. The statement also noted that, security around all campuses of the institution has been beefed up and thorough search is now been conducted on every one entering the school.

The statement also said the authorities are ready to assist victims of the blast to pay their hospital bills and also visit the families of those that died one after the order. May the souls of the students rest in peace.

Yobe Governor Orders Free Treatment For Bomb Blast Victims

Yobe State Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam, has directed the free treatment of all victims of Wednesday’s suicide blasts in Damaturu.

The governor in a statement issued by his spokesman, Abdullahi Bego, also sent his condolences to the victims’ families.

The statement reads:  “His Excellency Governor Ibrahim Gaidam has expressed his deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of victims of the suicide bombing attacks in Damaturu today in which 17 people lost their lives and 11 others injured.

“While praying for the repose of the souls of those killed, the Governor has ordered immediate and free medical care for those who sustained injuries in the attack.”

Gaidam also condemned the attack, describing it as “cowardly and barbaric.”

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Ganduje donates N80.5m to bomb blasts victims

Kano State Government has disbursed N80.5 million to victims and relations of those that were affected by bomb blasts at the Kano Central Mosque, Kwari Market and a filling station at Hotoro Quarters.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State distributed the cheques to beneficiaries on Sunday at Government House, Kano.

Ganduje said the victims identified by the State Government were 289, in which 139 died while 150 were injured.

“The donation today did not serve as a means of compensation, but to gather and pray for the souls of the victims.

“The amount disbursed today was also solely a support by the state government as a relief package for the families and victims of bomb blasts in the state ,’’ he said.

Mallam Ali Sani, who spoke on behalf of the victims and families of deceased persons, thanked the governor for the gesture.



Internally Displaced Persons camp bombed in Adamawa

One of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps in Yola, capital of Adamawa state, has been affected by bomb blast.


The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Adamawa State Emergency Management Agency confirmed the development, saying the incident occurred at a warehouse in the camp.


Sanni Datti, spokesman of the state emergency agency, gave the name of the camp as Malkohi and said its inhabitants are currently being evacuated.


“I can confirm to you that there was a bomb blast at Malkohi camp this morning but we don’t have the details for now because we are busy evacuating people,” he told TheCable.

Jos Bomb Blast: Read What Really Happened

Scores of people were believed to have lost their lives as two suicide bombers detonated their bombs in Jos, the Plateau State capital this(Sunday) night.
Reports gathered that the first bomb went off at a restaurant opposite the Bauchi road campus of the University of Jos at about 9.15pm, while the second one exploded at a mosque near Yan Tyre (tyre market) area of Dilimi Junction, along the same Bauchi road about 15 minutes later.
While the casualty figure from the first blast was given by an eyewitness as 15, the figure from the second blast at the mosque could not be ascertained.
It was learnt that while the first bomb might have been detonated by a suicide bomber as it happened inside a restaurant, the insurgent might have used a rocket launcher to attack the mosque.
According to an eyewitness, the front of the mosque is usually crowded as it serves as the location where the leader of the Izalla sect, Sheikh Yahaya Jingir, normally performs the tafsir (breaking of fast).
The insurgents were said to have targeted worshippers who usually stay around after the breaking of fast.
The insurgents were said to have started shooting sporadically to beat a barricade mounted by security men in front of the mosque before launching the attack.
The eyewitness said, “We have counted 15 bodies that died instantly from the first blast. We are now moving to the scene of the second one at the mosque. But the soldiers are asking us to go back because the casualty is high.”
Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Emmanuel Abuh, who confirmed the twin blast, said men of the anti-bomb squad had been dispatched to the area.
He explained that the exact casualty figure and the extent of damage could not be ascertained until the men cleared the area.
Abua added, “It is too early to give any figure. We have dispatched our men there and we are expecting feedback from them.”

Abuja Bomb Blast Victims Protest, Urge FG To Fulfil Promises

The Abuja bomb blast victims on Wednesday carried out a peaceful protest at the National Assembly to urge the Federal Government to fulfil its promises to them.

NAN recalls that government had promised to foot the medical bills of the blasts which killed more than 100 people in Abuja.

The victims, who converged on the premises of the National Assembly, carried placards with different inscriptions expressing their anger, some of which read:

“It has been 10 months and nothing has been done for us; most of us still have medical challenges’’ and “We are dying slowly, we need government support.”

Some of the victims that they could not do follow up treatments in the hospitals.

The Coordinator of the group, Mr Arthur Vav, told NAN that they wanted the Federal Government to reopen their medical files in the hospitals for follow-up treatments.

Vav said most of the victims had undergone series of surgical operations, while some still had sharp objects lodged in their bodies that needed to be removed but could not afford the cost of treatment.

“The last bomb blast was June 25 which would be one year next month, while Nyanya already was one year April 14, since then we have been paying most of our medical bills.

“The government paid some bills for us but I strongly believe there are supposed to be a follow-ups after you have been discharged from the hospital.

“This is because when you get back to your house, you find out some sharp objects in the body and you discover you still need some medical treatment,” he said.

Vav said the group had written to the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA), the President of the Senate and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation but received no response.

He said the peaceful demonstration was to express their grievances.

“We have been neglected by the government because for one year now nothing has been done,” he said.

Mr Thomas Aduche, another member of the group, said they were left to fate without any support from the government.

Aduche said he paid for the last operation carried out on his neck and pleaded with the government to empower them as most of them had lost their jobs.

Two women who lost their husbands, Mrs Favour Ndubisi and Mrs Sarah Andy called on government to empower them to enable them to take care of their children.

“I am a qualified teacher but due to the lack of job I teach in private school where the salary is very small; if government will employ me, I will be happy,” Ndubisi said.

Mr Victor Dike, representing the Sergeant-At-Arms for the Senate, who addressed the group promised to look into their case.
Dike told NAN that the group wrote a letter to the Senate last two weeks and did not follow up to know the outcome.

“I promise to look for the solution to their problem through the letter they submitted and once we get the letter I will tell them the action they have taken on the letter and that is the normal procedure.

“They just submitted their letter two or three weeks ago and have not followed up the letter only to come for demonstration, it is not okay,” he said

Bomb Blast In Potiskum Kills At Least 12

A blast ripped through a bus in Potiskum, Yobe state, on Tuesday. The explosion happened at the Tashar Dan-Borno motor park, on the outskirts of the city but rescuers could not immediately determine the number of casualties.

“The bus had just loaded with passengers on its way to Kano when a huge explosion happened inside the bus at exactly 11:40 am ” said a driver’s union official at the bus station. “We still don’t know how many people were affected. We are waiting for the fire to be put out before we can have a figure of casualty”, he added.

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Gombe Rally Blast: Jonathan was not the Target, Officials Reveal

A police official has said that President Jonathan was not the target of a bomb attack in Gombe yesterday, contrary to speculation.

Fwaje Atajiri, a police spokesperson in Gombe state, has revealed that neither the President nor his convoy were the target of the attack, which was allegedly orchestrated by a female bomber. According to Atajiri, the blast occurred in the Water Board area of the town, far away from the stadium where President Jonathan’s rally had been held.

Atajiri claims that the President and his convoy were long gone when the blast took place and that the bomb allegedly went off prematurely because of the high level of security within the area. The suicide bomber and a passerby are said to be casualties of the attack, while six others were reported as injured, although not fatally.

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Bomb Blast Prevented In Owerri

Reports say that the Nigerian police on Wednesday night discovered and defused two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) planted at a popular eatery located around the Ikenegbu area of Owerri.

Nigeria Telegraph reports that the anti-bomb squad of the Imo state police command on getting the news, arrived the scene and after several hours of probing, confirmed there was an IED capable of causing serious damage to lives and property in the area.

The explosives were hidden in air condition units at the lobby and the kitchen close to gigantic gas cylinders in Kilimanjaro fast food.

The Police Commissioner, Abdulmajid Ali, told journalists at the scene: “We received a call about 21.30 hours that bombs were uncovered at Kilmanjaro Fast Food. Men of the Bomb Disposal Unit moved in, discovered the explosives and defused them.”

The commissioner dismissed rumours making the rounds in the city that the explosives were planted by terrorists. He said  the manager of the eatery, who alerted the police, was called by unknown persons, demanding millions of naira, saying they had planted explosives on the premises and would detonate them if he did not meet their demand.

He said: “It was not a terrorists’ attack because Boko Haram insurgents will not demand money. We are investigating the incident.”

Ali therefore urged the residents to be calm, assuring them of adequate security by the police would especially during the Yuletide.

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Bomb Blast Kills 5 at Bus Station in Bauchi

A bomb exploded at a bus station in northern Nigeria’s Bauchi state late on Wednesday, killing at least five people and wounding 12, police said.

The blast, which struck the town of Azare, is likely to be blamed on Islamist Boko Haram militants, casting further doubt on government reports that it had reached a temporary ceasefire with the rebels in order to secure the release of more than 200 schoolgirls they are holding hostage.

Police did not comment on who was behind the attack.

The insurgents have repeatedly bombed public places since they launched an uprising demanding an Islamic state in religiously mixed Nigeria five years ago. They have stepped up their campaign this year, setting off deadly blasts across the country.

“Five persons burned beyond recognition were certified dead, while 12 others sustained various degrees of injuries,” Bauchi police spokesman Haruna Mohammed said in a statement.

“The entire surrounding (area) has been cordoned off … No arrest has yet been made, but an investigation has commenced.”