Over 200 feared killed in Jos explosions as corpses litter mortuary floor

File: Bomb blast at a church in Jos

Officials say 15 of the injured victims brought to the casualty unit died just before midnight.

The casualty figure from the Jos explosions has increased to over 200, disclosures by emergency and health officials and body count by a PREMIUM TIMES reporter have shown.

The National Emergency Management Agency had on Tuesday night said the casualty figure from the twin explosions stood at 118.

Abdusalam Abubakar, the North Central Coordinator of the Agency said this at about 10.00 p.m.

However, when PREMIUM TIMES visited Plateau Specialist Hospital early hours of Wednesday, an official confirmed that 15 of the injured victims brought to the casualty unit died just before midnight.

Demne Kut, a laboratory manager at the National Blood Transfusion unit of the Plateau Specialist Hospital, said most of the 15 victims died during treatment due to loss of blood.

He said although there were a few donors volunteered to donate blood, the hospital needed a lot more to treat the victims.

“Yesterday (Tuesday), we had 15 persons who came and donated bloody freely to the National Blood Transfusion,” he said. “We are calling for more donors.”

Also, apart from the dead already properly dressed and kept in the mortuary, PREMIUM TIMES counted at least 52 other corpses on the floor of the hospital mortuary including that of a little child.

Most of the corpses seen on the floor of the mortuary were women and children, including seven pregnant women.

Also at the mortuary of the Jos University Teaching Hospital temporary site, which is adjacent the blast scene, the corpses, about 100, were piled upon themselves and thus difficult to count.

The situation was similar at Bingham University Teaching Hospital.

In most of the hospitals visited, officials declined comment as they were busy trying to attend to injured victims.

However, a medical personnel at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, JUTH, who pleaded not to be quoted, said about 120 corpses were brought to the hospital, while injured persons were rushed to the permanent site for medication.

Meanwhile, the Jos main market, where the two explosions occurred in a spate of 15 minutes, remained closed on Wednesday morning.

The Plateau Police Commissioner, Chris Olakpe, had said on Tuesday that the area would remain shut until the police concluded its investigations and the debris were cleared.

Mr. Olakpe also explained that corpses and the injured were taken to four hospitals.

These were the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Bingham Hospital, Jos, as well as the new and the old (temporary site) Jos University Teaching Hospital.

When PREMIUM TIMES visited the hospitals, hundreds of families and friends were seen trying to locate the remains of their relatives or the injured ones.
Christiana Paul, a 500-level Medical Laboratory Science student of the University of Jos, said seven of her course mates died in the blast.

She said five of the corpses had been found, two at the Plateau Specialist Hospital Mortuary.

“The seven of them are my course mates, we are in 500-level. They went to Terminus to shop and the bomb caught up with them. Two bodies are here at the Plateau Specialist Hospital Mortuary,” the student said in tears.

Also at the Plateau Specialist Hospital, one Usman Adamu said he came to recover the body of his landlady, Amina.

He said the victim was at the market to buy a dress for her brother’s daughter who is about to wed.

A cleric, Godwin Ejeh, of Kingdom Dominion Chapel, Dadinkowa, told PREMIUM TIMES that his 18-year old daughter, Shekina Ejeh, who was sent to the market to buy groceries, died in the blast.

Keneng Choji, a civil servant, also said she lost her daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and a neighbour, to the explosion.

She said her daughter-in-law was a fish trader at the market.

Some of the Muslims seen at the Plateau Specialist Hospital were already taking the corpses of their relatives for burial according to Islamic rites.

No group has claimed responsibility for the blast although it is believed to have been carried out by the extremist Boko Haram sect.

The group has killed thousands of people since its insurgency began in 2009.


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  • probably

    Light will always triuph over darkness. The darker it gets, the brighter the light. God will fight our battle and we will hold our peace. Men should rise and stand in between the gap for Nigeria and God. Gods anointing will never depart frm Nigeria. We will pray to our Father because the battle is the Lords. May the dead rest In Jesus name

    • Dr.Dan

      This is not about prayer its about action prayers cannot stop bombs and bullet its high time we all rise against this evil and their supporters or we will one day be a victim.

      • Okokobioko

        It is about prayers, my brother. When you act with guidance from God you go astray but when you pray and then act, God shows the way. Do not underestimate the efficacy of prayer.

        • Adoki

          And you think none of those who died prayed before leaving their houses that morning?

          • Mike

            Still arguing the efficacy of prayer?

          • gringory99

            mba that is destiny now, if dead come even inside your house without bomb it reach now.

      • Probably

        Good luck to you.

    • Mr Igbo Sanity

      “god” has nothing to do with Crime and Law enforcement. China banned all religion after their 1949 revolution to stop this “superstition’used to control and keep down the masses.

      Religion is the OPIUM of the masses1

      When China suffered a terrorist attack that killed about 30 people, they did not pray or call on “god” to do their law enforcement. Rather they sent tens of thousands of troops to the troubled region, tried, convicted and and executed the murderers and the threat was eliminated.

      But here instead of holding your “president” 100% responsible for failure to carry out law enforcement for nearly SIX YEARS, you are resorting to “superstition” to fight crime.

      • Probably

        Who just prays and waits for a miracle to happen. When you put God 1st before you act you will always be successful. You won’t understand so I won’t mince words with you. I pray then act, and I’m 100% sure of succeeding. To you it is “superstition” to me its a way of life

        • gringory99

          it is good pray for all just as Jesus does always.

      • gringory99

        tell them please may be they open ears. thanks

  • BlackieUmukoro

    The locals claim that the bomb laden vehicle was seen parked and they did make report to the police and the police did nothing until it went off after 4 or 5 hours. The police should be held responsible for this avoidable carnage

    • gringory99

      you are right, the police removed the number plate and left with it, that is all they did. anticipating the owner will come after the number plate.

  • ige folorunsho

    When you look at good luck Jonathan making a speech or answering questions on television you can only come to a conclusion. The man is incapable of taking a decision that requires urgent and immediate attention. Such people depend on others for advice all the time before making decisions. That is why he is easily manipulated by his aides. Boko haram will continue to kill and maim until Jonathan and his aides leave power. It is obvious he is not the president of Nigeria. If not boko haram can be contained within a few weeks if he really wants to. The ball is in his court meanwhile civilians should protect themselves anyhow they can. God save Nigeria from incompetent and corrupt politicians whether PDP or APC they are all the same.

    • blogNaija

      yes, protect yourself- shine your eye well well.
      we all hustle and struggle because of our wives, mothers & children; don’t allow some demented fellows to cut them off before your very eyes and make life miserable.
      reporting a suspicious person to police is another drama which the state has failed to make effective.
      when will Nigeria get a positive direction, when?

    • JI

      What would Buhari or Tinubu have done in this case?

      Deploy the military to crush every Northerner or fold their arms?

      Hate, hate, hate

      • omonla

        HATE????? U are a demented individual, if what u can deduce from the man’s comment is hate, then the less of people of your mentality the better for us

  • Nwa Aba #Lets Break Up Now

    lets break up now

    • solistice

      No, let us revamp our army, and our whole security apparatus.

      Breaking up with the current problems unresolved would only make things worse.

    • gringory99

      what are we gaining if we break up, now oil wealth most of it, if not all the ijaw and other mini ethnicities of the niger delta are laying claim to it. I don’t think any serious Igbo man will argue for braking nigeria again. ifyou really got an idea of our suffering in Biafra 1967-1970. the NDIGBO OHANAZE, is business now, just as god in mercy make it, we are every where in the world. well established business wise and serving the lord. thank you lord the eternal in jesus name. amen.

      • Nwa Aba #Lets Break Up Now

        do you own mobile phone or black & white tv in 1967?
        freedom is priceless

        #lets break up now

        • Scatter

          Mba, how old are you? Can you jog 300 metres without taking a rest? And you are talking of a far greater misery. Go and sit down, my friend!

    • Scatter

      You tried it b4. What happened?

      • Nwa Aba #Lets Break Up Now

        For many years he was a major problem of the Nation,
        He is dealing with enemies within BOKO HARAM
        He lost all his ALLIES

        You get freedom by letting your enemy know that you’ll do anything to get your freedom

        #Lets Break Up Now

  • JI

    Time to say good bye

  • The Tree

    Is the Nigerian Army ready to fight Boko Haram fire for fire?

    Time our security apparatus revamped their asymetric warfare capabilites.

    Boko is fighting one kind….time we fought them back one kind.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    President Ebele Jonathan and his ethnic-composed regime is an outright failure as there is no security of life and property,no regular power supply,roads are menace to motorists daily,healthcare is archaic and millions of graduates roam about aimlessly searching for non-existent jobs as president Jonathan and his incapable incompetent finance minister,Dr Okonjo Iweala focus our annual budget 73% funds annually on recurrent expenditure and only a fraction-13% goes on developmental projects which his minister for works embezzled.