Jos Explosion: Nigerian Police pledge to arrest culprits

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About 200 persons died in the explosion that occurred in Jos, the Plateau State capital.

The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has promised that the Nigerian Police will arrest culprits of Tuesday’s twin bomb explosions in Jos.

The Police chief gave the assurance at the premises of the Jos University Teaching Hospital on Wednesday, when he visited victims at the hospitals.

Jos was thrown into pandemonium on Tuesday when two bombs went off in quick succession killing about 200 persons according to body counts by emergency and health officials.

Mr. Abubakar said the police have commenced investigations into the incident, with the intention of arresting the culprits.

“No government can tolerate this kind of situation anywhere, this is an unfortunate situation. We must get to the root of this, that is why Mr. President has sent me to assess the situation,” he said.

“I want to appeal to the people of Plateau state to continue to be patient. I want Plateau people to collaborate with security agents to enable us unmask those behind this bombing,” the IG stated.

On his part, the Director General, National Emergency Management agency, NEMA, who was on the entourage of the Inspector General of Police, said his men helped contained the situation.

Earlier, the state commissioner of Police, Chris Olakpe, at the scene of the blasts on Wednesday morning, said the death toll rose to 76 from an initial official figure of 46.

Meanwhile, the Chief Medical Director of the Jos University Teaching Hospital JUTH, Edmond Banwat, in an interview with Journalists said the hospital management received 22 corpses, including four children.

He said out of the 48 injured brought to the hospital’s permanent site on Tuesday, two died.

The medical personnel said 45 victims of the explosion were still receiving treatment at the hospital, with some still at the intensive care unit. He said most of the victims underwent blood transfusion during treatment.

Mr. Banwat said some of the corpses of the victims were mutilated and many others were burnt beyond recognition, adding that it might be the reason most people could not recognise their relations and friends. Most bodies, he said were identified by their clothes.


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