National Human Rights Commission mourns staff killed in Nyanya bomb blast

Scene of Nyanya (Abuja) bomb blast
FILE PHOTO: Scene of Nyanya (Abuja) bomb blast

A staff of the National Human Rights Commission is one of the victims of the bomb explosion that rocked Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, on Thursday.

The Chairman of the Commission, Chidi Odinkalu, gave the name of the affected staff as James Jeremiah, the assigned driver to the agency’s Executive Secretary, Bem Angwe, a professor.

Mr. Odinkalu, who provided this information via email he sent to some staff and friends, did not provide further details.

While praying for the repose of the souls of Mr. Jeremiah and others who died in the incident, Mr. Odinkalu urged “other persons with information as to victim identity to please disclose them so it becomes possible to humanize the victims”.

The police say 19 people were killed with 60 other victims injured in the incident which occurred just about 50 metres from the scene of the April 14 blast that killed no fewer than 70 people.

Six of the injured, the police say, have however been treated and discharged.

Families seeking information as to the whereabouts of their loved ones are advised to visit nine different hospitals in the nation’s capital, the police say.

Witnesses said the incident occurred from a Volkswagen golf car which drove from the Keffi end of the road and exploded in the congested motor park.

Two additional security check-points have since been set up between Mararaba and Nyanya.

Vehicles passing through the area are now subjected to stop and search, thus leading to heavy traffic build up in the area.



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