UPDATE: Four killed in Yola explosion — NEMA

PIC. 5. FIRE FIGHTERS PUTTING OUT FIRE AT THE SCENE OF A BOMB BLAST, WHICH OCCURRED IN THE PREMISES OF ADAMAWA POLICE COMMAND’S ANTI-BOMB SQUAD AND MOTOR TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT IN JIMETA-YOLA ON THURSDAY (25/2/16).
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PIC. 5. FIRE FIGHTERS PUTTING OUT FIRE AT THE SCENE OF A BOMB BLAST, WHICH OCCURRED IN THE PREMISES OF ADAMAWA POLICE COMMAND’S ANTI-BOMB SQUAD AND MOTOR TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT IN JIMETA-YOLA ON THURSDAY (25/2/16). 1167/25/2/2016/AMA/BJO/NAN

Four persons have been confirmed dead while a few were injured by an explosion at a police anti-bomb squad office in Yola, Adamawa State, the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, said Thursday.

The injured were being treated at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola, NEMA tweeted hours after the blast.

Witnesses had said earlier that many police officers were feared killed by the explosion.

The blast, which occurred shortly before noon, affected all buildings within the office of the Anti-Bomb Squad, including the State Investigation Bureau (SIB), and Motor Traffic Division (MTD).

The Commissioner of Police in Adamawa State, Mohammed Gazali, said most of the victims of the explosion were police personnel. He did not give figures of casualties.

Mr. Gazali said the blast was caused by bombs recovered from Boko Haram insurgents and warehoused by the police alongside other crime exhibits.

“Policemen were mostly affected and we don’t know the actual casualties for now as the place is not yet safe for us to go in,” Mr. Gazali said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the explosion also affected the walls of nearby Majalisa Primary School where some pupils were injured.

The state Commissioner for Information, Ahmad Sajoh, confirmed that the pupils sustained minor injuries and had been treated and discharged from hospital.

The attack threw the city into panic as many residents hurried home, while businesses closed for the day.

A PREMIUM TIMES reporter who was at the scene of the blast shortly after it occurred said security personnel warned of another possible blast, creating more confusion.

He said neighbouring buildings including the Jimeta Central Primary School, as well as headquarters of NITEL, post office, as well as the Jimeta central prison, were all affected by the blast.

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  • Maria

    Why keeping such dangerous exhibits in their office?

  • clairvoyance

    Bombs recovered from insurgents should be destroyed not kept. What’s wrong with this people, you keep them as exhibit against who?

    • Netanyahu

      Those people are worse than zombies. You will shudder to know the antiquated processes and procedures our police inherited from the colonial masters and are still in use till today. You will think no one thinks in that organization. Tell me the rationale of preserving bombs recovered from their brothers? That is why every police station or barrack is littered with accidented vehicles including entrance to the filthy stations. See how their stupidity has killed their colleagues that woke up this morning hale and hearty.

  • Kevin Peter

    What a pity! But how insensitive for the police to recover bombs from BH and store instead of destroying same.

  • favourtalk

    May thier soul rest in perfect peace, we are all aware that pmb has been trying all this month’s to get us back to the feet after the failure of the past government to help us all. May the good Lord continue to give strength to our gallant soldiers and PMB

    • MilitaryPolice01

      o boy your 2nd sentence is irrelevant and has nothing to do with the story captioned above, is the past govt to blame because security personell did not think to neutralize bombs captured from terrorist?shouldnt that be the first thing to do one securing the location..leave politics aside and be serious,lives has been lost because of this blunder by security officials,it has nothing to do with the past govt

  • Burning Spear

    Time for Buhari to pack and go—He is becoming a National disgrace—if not a complete disaster————-He was imposed on us because he swore that under him boko haram would be defeated weeks after his swearing in ceremony——Instead, he turned himself into the Mungo Park of Africa-exploring the Arab World—Often seen-jumping from one plane to another in search of only God know what-in the Chad basin-while Nigerians are being killed like goats–in the Very North East he alleged to have started spending the 2.1b dollars he borrowed from the World Bank. If it is not Fulani Cowhands murdering tradtional rulers in North Central it is in the South —while Buhari claims to be praying for Nigeria in Saudi Arabia——–at the same time——–with his 9 yr old wife-b4 now——————————–separation is the answer

  • Mcyowa

    If with the alleged corruption under Jonathan, 1 dollar was 180, and now without corruption under Buhari, 1 dollar is to 405; and a sachet of pure water now cost N20, and more and more Nigerians are being killed by Boko Haram—than when we had Jonathan—–in Aso Rock–then ladies and Gentlemen, you all will agree with me that we need corruption in this country. For it is clear that the anti corruption war of Buhari is a fluke-not to talk of his fight against boko haram—- #bringbackcorruption”

  • syl

    Be bold enough to tell Nigerians the truth..stop cooking lies

  • syl

    Falana oyaa work don come….sue the DPO for man slaughter

  • Iguruta

    Same old lies———————such items are kept far away from the police post—-at the amouries–Until Boko haram claims responsibilty these lies will continue to haunt the soul of buhari and liar mohamed-in Mecca

  • Mcyowa

    If with the alleged corruption under Jonathan, 1 dollar was 180, and now without corruption under Buhari, 1 dollar is to 405; and a sachet of pure water now cost N20, and more and more Nigerians are being killed by Boko Haram—than when we had Jonathan—–in Aso Rock–then ladies and Gentlemen, you all will agree with me that we need corruption in this country. For it is clear that the anti corruption war of Buhari is a fluke-not to talk of his fight against boko haram—- #bringbackcorruption”

    • NoSpinEd

      If I read your post correctly, you are asserting that corruption brings prosperity. You are just kidding. Right?