Precisely a week today , Jos city was again thrown into mourning following a twin Bomb blast that killed scores of Persons. However the blasts has come with reactions, tales especially from survivors, like Mama Peter, a food vendor who survived the blast but lost two of her children. Correspondent, Golok Nanmwa, recalls the pathetic incident.
It could be recalled that the twin bomb blast had rocked a Mosque and restaurant at Jos North local government of the stat.
The Nigerian Pilot Sunday gathered that the first blast occurred at about 9; 30 pm around the Yantaya area of the local government close to a Mosque , while the second went off 10 minutes later close to the university of Jos Consultancy hostel by the University of Jos main gate on Bauchi Road.
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA confirmed 44 people dead and 47 others critically injured in the twin blasts which rocked Jos city Sunday night.
Though the dead have been buried but those injured are receiving treatments in various hospitals among which are Plateau State Specialists Hospital, Our Lady of Apostle hospital, Bingham University Teaching Hospital (Jankwano) and Sunnah Hospital, Angwan Rimi, all in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Speaking with this paper at the premises of the Plateau State Hospital, Jos, the North Central Zonal Coordinator of NEMA, Mr. Mohammed Abdulsalami said, “As at 3am, we had 44 people dead while 47 are injured and majority of them are in the ICU of the Plateau Hospital.
“This was the first hospital we brought them to but because of the casualty figure, the hospital facility was overstretched so we took some of them to Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jankwano and Our Lady of Apostle, OLA Hospital.”
He added that the Agency has made provision for some consumables to be used in treating the patients but more will be provided based on the requirements of the hospitals.
His words, “Normally when situation like this occur, we know that there are emergency items that are required in the hospitals such as bandages that will first of all be applied to the victims to stop the blood flow. So we were able to provide, why we are here now is to monitor the situation and to enquire from the Hospital management what more they require so that we could forward them to Abuja for them to be made available immediately.”
Abdulsalami commended the action of the medical personnel for obeying the call by the state Chapter of the Nigerian Medical Association, NMA for their members to come out and assist in tending the injured.
Meanwhile the Commissioner of Police in Plateau state, Nasiru Oki disclosed that the first blast at Bauchi road which occurred at a shangaliku restaurant was carried out by two women suicide bombers who walked into the restaurant and detonated the bomb and also revealed that the second blast took place at Izala Mosques Yantaya and coordinated by shooting by the perpetrators .
The Police Boss described the burning of two churches by irate youths after the incident as barbaric and appealed to the People in the state to remain calm saying necessary security measures have been put in place by the Police to ensure the safety of lives and property.
Meanwhile, a member Representing Jos North/ Bassa federal constituency, Suleman Kwande told this paper that his constituents who were killed in the twin blast that occurred at a Restaurant and Mosque in Jos North local government of the state have been buried.
Kwande expressed unhappiness over the attacks describing it as sad and called on the federal government to do everything possible to nip in the bud the activities of terrorist in the country.
“The unfortunate incidence of the sporadic bomb blasts at Bauchi Road and Dilimi -Yan Taya as well as the sporadic gun shots within the Jos Metropolis on Sunday in this month of religious piety for the Moslem Ummah on the Plateau is highly condemnable: I call on people of the state to remain calm and to be security conscious “ he further added.
Meanwhile the Plateau state government has described as unfortunate the incidence of bomb blasts at Bauchi Road and Dilimi -Yan Taya as well as sporadic gun shots within the Jos Metropolis .
Governor of the State Simon Bako Lalong in a Press statement signed by his director of Press affairs Emmauel Nanle, called on all inhabitants of Jos North and the entire citizens of the State to remain calm in the midst of the unfortunate multiple bomb blasts and sporadic gun shots in the neighbourhood of Dilimi-Yan Taya and Bauchi Road.
The statement reads that “It is regrettable that at a time when Moslem faithful are settled to the fulfilment of a religious obligation, agents of death, chaos and anarchy have chosen to disrupt the peace of the state by orchestrating a spade of sporadic bomb blast to portray a state of dissatisfaction that pitches otherwise peaceful cohabitants against themselves “.
Lalong commiserated with all the victims of this heinous act and calls on all citizens of the State to remain calm and stand in solidarity with one another in the face of this onslaught by agents of death on our collective resolve to remain as one united people in spite of ethnic and religious differences.
“The Government of Plateau State is more than committed to consolidating on the peace process that has seen the peace loving people of Plateau living in peace and standing united against the force of terror which seeks to set the people against themselves and portray the imaginary existence of religious divide with deliberate attacks on religious faithful at times like this.”
“ Government will most certainly continue with her on-going consultative peace dialogue with a view to fishing out agents of destabilization and wade off the spade of systematic attacks which seem to show that the imminent end of insecurity is not at sight “.
Also In view of the Security situation in the State occasion by the Bomb Blasts, Lalong has directed the immediate suspension and rescheduling of the Flag off and Sales of Fertilizer for the 2015 Cropping Season, earlier scheduled for Tuesday, at Bassa Local Government Area to a later date.
The state government regrets any inconveniences this postponement would have caused all her teeming farmers, representatives of the various agencies of government as well as stakeholders in Agricultural Sector.
Government further assures that a new date will be communicated as soon as the security situation improves.
A survivor of the blast, Zacharaih Ahmed said “we were inside a Mosque when we started hearing gunshots, in the process people started running outside; it was in the process that the bomb blast took off.
In his words “I was lucky to have escaped; After the blast we saw plenty of mutilated bodies of those killed in the blast all over the premises” He however said that more than 40 corpses were seen at the scene of blast at the Premises of the Mosque.
But a widow identified as Mama Peter disclosed that she lost two of her children in the Bauchi road motor park blast.
Mama Peter, who is a food vendor at the park and narrowly escaped being killed when the explosion occurred, said her two children were helping out to serve food to customers before the explosions consumed the two of them. She wept disconsolately as she told her story.
Another resident, Malam Adamu, a dealer of textile materials who escaped narrowly, said they were inside the mosque listening to a sermon when all of a sudden they heard sporadic gunfire coming from all directions which were accompanied by loud explosion.
Also the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Plateau state have condemned the Twin Bomb blast that killed scores of Persons on Sunday night at a Restaurant and Mosque in Jos North local government area of the state.
The Party also condoled with the People of the state and family member that is aggrieved following the blast.
Addressing newsmen at the Party Secretariat in Jos, Acting Chairman of the Party , Raymond Dabo also called on the People of the state to be vigilant.
Also, Member representing Barkin Ladi/Riyom federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, Hon. Istifanus Gyang, strongly condemns the attack by terrorists on Da-lo memorial college Foron in Barkin Ladi LGA, Plateau State, in which two students were brutally killed.
The representative who equally condemned the twin bomb attacks in Jos metropolis on Sunday night, said “No words are strong enough to condemn the cruelty and brutality of these incessant attacks on his people which he always described as “terrorism.”
The member expressed unhappiness over the attacks which came barely two weeks after he moved a motion on the floor of House calling on the federal government to intensify security arrangements in communities within Barkin Ladi and Riyom LGAs due to the constant attacks.
He noted that the terror attack in Jos which targeted worshipers at a mosque reveals that the terrorists have no respect for creed nor kie.
Gyang, who said the attack is inhumane and must be condemned by every Nigerian, especially by the political leadership of the country, hoped for speedy eradication of terrorism and extremism from the country.
The Representative said “all efforts at peace building are being impeded by the terror attacks.
He again appealed to the President to strengthen the security arrangements especially of schools, places of worship as well as vulnerable communities and soft targets.
Gyang, prayed for those who lost their lives, expressed sympathies with the bereaved families in Jos and Da-lo memorial school community.