Explosion rocks Bauchi town; many feared dead

A deadly explosion has ripped through the First Bank Area of Azare, a major town in Bauchi state, residents are reporting.

Although details of the incident are still sketchy, several people are feared dead.

The explosion is said to have gone off close to the First Bank’s Automated Teller Machine Gallery in the town.

“Confirmed. I just spoke with my sister in-law working at Federal Medical Centre Azare. It happened at First Bank ATM Gallery,” Nurudeen Gbemisola, with handle , informed her friends on Twitter.

The casualty figure in the explosion is not clear at this time.

A top police officer in Bauchi, who asked not to be named because he has no authority to speak on behalf of the police, confirmed the bombing but declined to provide details.

The spokesperson of the Bauchi Police Command, Haruna Mohammed, could not be reached for comments at this time. So also is Commissioner Lawal Shehu. They did not answer or return calls seeking comment.

Details later…


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  • amazing2012

    Jonathan government is bringing development and progress.

    • growthengine

      You are sick. If Nigeria was majority Christian like Israel, UK, Germany, Singapore. Or if Nigeri was Saudi, UAE, Qatar, Iran, Kuwait. We may not have this problem. Jonathan or no Jonathan, you better be ready to live or die with this madness from your brothers.

      • otunba

        bro, Israel is majority Muslims as per Christians to Muslims ratio

        • growthengine

          You know what I mean.

          • wongula

            What do you mean? Please explain.

      • wongula

        Singapore: Approximately 77.8% of the resident population is ethnic Chinese, 14% ethnic Malay, and 7% ethnic Indian. Nearly all ethnic Malays are Muslim and most ethnic Indians are Hindu. The ethnic Chinese population is divided between Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity, or is nonreligious.

        According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, the population in 2011 was 75.4% Jewish, 20.6% Arab, and 4.1% minority groups.[1] The religious affiliation of the Israeli population[vague] as of 2011 was 75.4% Jewish, 16.9% Muslim, 2.1%Christian, and 1.7% Druze, with the remaining 4.0% not classified by religion.

      • wongula

        Jews are not Christians they practice Judaism and if there have their way, they will wipe out both Christians and Muslims from the face of the earth.
        The Jews killed Christ and killed many Christians that were Jews. The European Christians (Crusaders and Night Templar’s) with the order of the pope invaded Jerusalem and wiped out every Jew and Muslim that were there in 1200AD.
        Hiltler a Baptist Christian committed the holocaust on the Jews reason best know to him.

        Human stupidity is the cause of these deaths and you should not blame any religion. If you born in Iraq you definite be a Muslim. Preach peace not stupidity and hatred.
        All those boko haram savages will die one day and face judgement. Their sponsors will die badly, the government officials from GEJ to the councilors who have failed to protect us and citizens protecting these bastard Terrorists Boko Haram will all perish and rot like diseased animals.

      • Onike24

        Singapore is a majority Buddist country, not majority Christian, who constitute about 18% of the pollution. Just so you know there are 14% of the population that are Muslims, so stop spreading hatred.

        • growthengine

          Thanks, but the fact remains that musilms are in Minority and there is peace, and where muslim are in majority there is peace also. I have muslim friends, I am not spreading hatred. Fact is our almost equal make up causes fear which may be unfounded, but it is costing us too much lives, and this has been brewing for decades. Why they have succeeded today in spreading the violence is because of global links, and the latest technology making the world a smaller place. Something needs to be done before this madness gets to your door.

    • Otile

      What has Jonathan got to do with Islamic bombing all over the world?

  • No Comment

    GENOCIDE ON NIGERIA’S NORTHERN CHRISTIANS

    “Christians are being killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Mubi, Adamawa state
    on discovering any Christian who cannot recite a part of the Koran known
    as Kalimatu Shahadaand who is not ready to denounce the name
    of Jesus Christ and embrace Islam.”

    ………………….Joseph Namu

    (Reporting to THISDAY from Mubi)

    November 6th, 2014

    • Folahan

      Please go to hell, If your president can not perform his constitutional duty then he should pls resign. Trying to invoke religious sentiments for political gains is the highest form of stupidity and evidence that your President Has not performed and has nothing to offer if he has to keep sending his online bloggers to use religion as a tool to get voters.

      • Borode

        <i.@ Folahan

        Me i can’t shout, please. All i want to say is that people like Professor Itse Sagay,
        Professor Wole Soyinka, Barrister Femi Falana and so on, must not run away.
        Were they not the ones saying an Islamist party [APC] is a progressive party?

        No NADECO route is acceptable this time. They must stay here and fight with guns
        against the same Islamism they’ve supported. They must not run away this time O!
        They must face the bloody consequence of the bad advice they gave the people.

        • Public Records

          “All the places where Boko Haram has foisted their flags are dominated by Christians.

          What is happening in the North-east is unacceptable, Christians are the main victims.

          We are not saying that other people are not affected. But Christians are the ones
          affected more. The Boko Haram militias have taken over Mubi in Adamawa state
          which is dominated by Christians. Somebody will now tell me this is not religion.

          Who is fooling who?

          …………….Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor

          (President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN)

          • wongula

            Human stupidity is the cause of these deaths and you should not blame any religion. If you born in Iraq you definite be a Muslim. Preach peace not stupidity and hatred.

            All those boko haram savages will die one day and face judgement. Their sponsors will die badly, the government officials from GEJ to the councilors who have failed to protect us and citizens protecting these bastard Terrorists Boko Haram will all perish and rot like diseased animals.

            That CAN President is a thug and no Christian.

          • growthengine

            By then maybe a million of their targets and victims would be gone, unless the victims fight back. We don’t have the nature to fight for our rights. We like to blame others. We need to all join the fight. Unfortunately someone is threatening us and we must direct our venom at the enemy not dividing ourselves. Some of us are feeding into this violence.

      • Boros

        @ Folahan:

        Me i can’t shout, please. All i want to say is that people like Professor Itse Sagay,
        Professor Wole Soyinka, Barrister Femi Falana and so on, must not run away.
        Were they not the ones saying an Islamist party [APC] is a progressive party?

        No NADECO route is acceptable this time. They must stay here and fight with guns
        against the same Islamism they’ve supported. They must not run away this time O!
        They must face the bloody consequence of the bad advice they gave the people.

        • Idowu

          Taken together, this genocidal stance of Nigeria’s Islamists based on right to rule-by-force
          is strong enough basis in international law to legally partition Nigeria. Where political equality is denied by a third of any national population, a common nationhood amongst them is denied also.

          • Al Jihad

            “We are fighting a religious war. We are fighting against the Christians in Nigeria.
            We are fighting against Christian President – Goodluck Jonathan – and his Christian brethren.
            We are not fighting any ethnic war. Those saying we are fighting an ethnic war are telling
            lies to the public. They try to brainwash the people. No, we are fighting a religious war.
            We are fighting against Christians. We are fighting the Christian President Jonathan,
            and, his Christian brethren.”

            ……………….Abubakar Shekahu

            [Leader, Boko Haram]

            [December 28, 2013]

        • Otile

          Gbam

  • Encore

    “Christians are being killed by Boko Haram insurgents in Mubi, Adamawa state
    on discovering any Christian who cannot recite a part of the Koran known
    as Kalimatu Shahada and who is not ready to denounce the name
    of Jesus Christ and embrace Islam.”

    ………………….Joseph Namu

    (Reporting to THISDAY from Mubi)

    November 6th, 2014

  • Folahan

    I guess we can now see what the explosives that were stolen from the cement company was meant to be used for, but how did boko haram travel all the way there in a convoy without resistance from the military checkpoint or police officers. They also took time to load explosives into 8 hilux truck before driving off and nobody stopped them or challenged them. I am beginning to feel that the Government is deliberately allowing these things to happen. I might be wrong though but something is definitely fishy.

    • Democrat M

      Ooh hooo when we said FG has hand in this criminality, some people blinded by sentiment said we don’t like Jonathan. Surely Jonathan is key promoter of Boko Haram.

    • Otile

      You are not concerned about people’s lives in Bauchi, you are more concerned about the oil money your state will lose when Nigeria breaks up as a result of Boko Haram independence quest.

      • Folahan

        You are just a Moron, May God Allow your Life to be ruled the same way Jonathan is Ruling this Country. Amen. Your current paid employment as a jonathan attack dog blogger would soon terminate, i just hope that your brain wouldnt have been to badly affected from all the lies and deceit that you have had to spill out.

        • Otile

          Everybody knows that Yoruba attack dogs and their sympathizers love the words moron and imbecile. When they want to attack they first label their victim as moron or imbecile. Go through their silly comments, they are littered with their favorite words moron, imbecile. Finally they conclude by makes some derogatory reference to their victim’s brain as if they are brain surgeons.

          If you doubt me flip over and read comments from Abubakar tundemash, Ayodeji, Folahan and their sympathizer Wähala, among others. Sometimes one wonders whether these Yoruba APC attack dogs are praying at the same mosque.

        • Otile

          Everybody knows that Yoruba attack dogs and their sympathizers love the words moron and imbecile. When they want to attack they first label their victim as moron or imbecile. Go through their silly comments, they are littered with their favorite words moron, imbecile. Finally they conclude by making some derogatory reference to their victim’s brain as if they were brain surgeons.

          If you doubt me flip over and read comments from Abubakar tundemash, Ayodeji, Folahan and their
          sympathizer Wähala, among others. Sometimes one wonders whether these Yoruba APC attack dogs are praying at the same mosque.

          • Folahan

            Its nice to know you that you can equate me to the fore-mentioned names as it seems that they are the many voices of reasoning in a country that is slowly drowning in Lack of Moral Character and Integrity even though i dont know them or never met them and for your information I am a Christian and an Anglican although i presently attend RCCG as there is no Anglican church near my home presently. I believe a Man should fight and stand for what is right no matter the dangers ahead. Nelson Mandela was once referred to as a Terrorist and a Rebel but because he knew he was fighting for the right reasons which God has given us a conscience to be able to help know when we are doing either right or wrong. Also, I voted for Mr Jonathan, i even brought my generator to assist the INEC officials when they were trying to power their Computers during registraion process in absence of light but i have come to realise that i made a huge mistake cos i partially voted based on religion and the thought that he would fight corruption but he chose to join them. And instead of Mr Jonathan to try and address the problem of NIgeria, he chose to send online attack dogs at me for seeing things differently.

    • growthengine

      How did ISIS take over Iraq and half of Syria? They had some local support. You are taking the lives of our security people who have confronted this madness and paid the ultimate price for granted.

      • Folahan

        First from your brief comparison of ISIL with Boko Haram, i will say that you are are either UN-educated or you watch too much CNN, ISIL in Iraq and Syria were created via the US Government. Let me explain: ISIL in Iraq is a movement of people that grew steadily in rebellion of the US Government imposing itself on iraq (Which is presently on ongoing in Libya), they only found their voice after the US government Removed almost 10,000 soldiers from Iraq recently. Its like the oppressed finally being able to find their voice . Case Study: Libya.

        In Syria, ISIL was given birth and grew under the watchful eye of the US, How? THE ISIL/Moderate Rebel/Syrian Opposition were armed and sponsored by the US government in hopes that it will topple the Assad Government and Enable the US Government to Impose a New Puppet Government. But the same people turned around after realising that they had so much weapons and cash graciously donated by the US Government then they decided to Create thier own agenda. What you dont read hear in CNN, is that ISIL Took over Oil Fields and Refinery and started selling oil, in which was its affecting American Interest and now becoming a threat to the US.

        Boko Haram could have been crushed from the beginning or handled appropriately but a lot of Southern Nigerians saw it as a purely Northern problem and encouraged the Government to neglect it which enabled the Boko boys to grow in strength. As the old saying goes: A Stitch in Time Saves Nine. The Government deliberately allowed this to go on believing it would give it an edge in the elections as the elections wouldnt hold in some of Northern states that may be a problem to the Present Government. How can you explain how the Federal Government received a Budget of 1 trillion Naira for the Last 4 years for security vote and yet the courageous boys (Soldiers) dont have weapons or bullets till date. How can you explain that The Federal Government could send 74,000 Security personnel’s to Osun state for elections, but you only have about 20,000 for the whole of the combined 3 North East states. See lets begin to say the truth.

        • growthengine

          All options were tried to deal with BH without force, amnesty approach, politiacl, dialogue, you heard people like Nyako spinning that the FG is killing northerners in its fight against BH, you heard things like Genocide, meanwhile BH was committing genocide. You have situations where our weapons get into BH hands, BH will attack a barracks because they are confident their members are inside the barracks. If this was an easy fight, it would be over long ago. This BH has been mutating and is now copying ISIS, it is also clear about its religous objectives. GEJ just inherited a lit box of dynamite, and whichever way this matter goes, Nigeria will never be the same again. A lot remains to be seen after the election. Before it was the Igbos, now it is the Northern Christians suffering this savagery.

  • Democrat M

    Aftermath of close door meeting with security chiefs, Boko Haram struck at Bauchi, State controlled by the ruling party.

  • Oko Joseph Ogar

    This is more of an unbridled anomalies. When will this pogrom stop? Does the government have any stringent measure? Every body in this nation is in a paraxysm condition. I felt feeble in my eyes for the nation is in state of national comatose. Could this be the parousia time we have been waiting for? O! Blimey, to many questions I forgot that this nation is under kleptocracy. Hmm abysmally.

    • onyi

      Its quite unfortunate but the truth is that government all over the world has lost its ability to govern. Just look up

  • Isichei

    “For these evil people, we have only one message: you will never seize central power
    by making Nigeria ungovernable through senseless insurgency. Rather, if anything,
    you will only succeed in confirming Jonathan as the last president of one united Nigeria.”

    ……Igbo Leaders of Thought</b

    (June 4th, 2014)

  • Isichei Amani

    “For these evil people, we have only one message: you will never seize central power
    by making Nigeria ungovernable through senseless insurgency. Rather, if anything,
    you will only succeed in confirming Jonathan as the last president of one united Nigeria.”

    ……Igbo Leaders of Thought</b

    (June 4th, 2014)

    • Al Feez

      @ Isichei:

      Nothing has changed from the old Fulani marauders led by Uthman Dan Fodio.
      To try to see this latest Jihad by Boko Haram as an isolated event means one is

      either blind to reality or lacks a sense of history because Al Qur’an urges its followers

      to ‘overpower the unbelievers’. By so doing, they are promised Islam’s

      imaginary paradise. But In what way are the Christian “infidels” to be overpowered –

      except by violence?

      Christians in the South of Nigeria would have themselves to blame if they are lulled
      to sleep over the mere “wish” expressed by liberally minded Muslims from mostly
      the Southwest who ignore the call for “Jihad” in their holy book and instead try
      to misinterpret their holy book to manufacture evidence for a violence-free Islam.
      Southern Christians – by not preparing deterrent measures, you will have yourselves
      to blame if this Religious War escalates southwards!

      • Fijay

        @ Al Feez,

        It is now clear that the All Progressives Congress (APC), and, Boko Haram militias
        are joined in the hip in pursuit of the highly toxic idea of Islamism. That explains why
        the Islamic APC party has NEVER chosen a Yoruba Christian as governorship
        candidate in any of the six [6] states of Nigeria’s South-West of Yorubaland.

        • checkmate

          And that’s why the Christian Crusaders Party (Pdp) and their pastor accomplice Oletsejafor are busy laundering money and gunrunning. CRIMINALS!

        • Factual

          What’s PDP? A Christian party, a Pagan or a Criminal one? We need to know to differentiate between grains and pebbles.

          • Otile

            Are you asking whether APC is Area Pagan Congress? We thought APC is an Islamic Boko Haram Party used to recruit angry Nigerians to destabilize Jonathan’s government and hand it over of Mohammedan Buhari.

  • Rogbodiyan

    But any little child in any other part of Nigeria knows there’s an on-going Islamic Jihad in Nigeria.
    The only group of people who do NOT know this simple fact are Yoruba Christians in the South-West
    having the highest number of professors, doctorates and university graduates, who rather throng,
    en masse, behind an Islamic party – APC. How my people perish for lack of knowledge!”

  • Holy Warrior

    ISLAMISM MEANS……..

    Islamism means the deliberate mis-use of Koranic verses to usurp
    the executive powers of a country to the exclusion of all non-Muslims;
    through a combination of threat, stealth and terror – including bribes
    given to stupefy Christian pastors and prelates into a false belief that
    the monopoly of state power by Muslims is only accidental, so that in turn,
    the Christian Pastors could be coaxed to mis-preach to their church
    congregation to forget about the Muslim monopoly of the kingdom of this earth,
    and instead, look up to the skies with the future hope of inheriting the kingdom of God.

  • the truth

    Trying times indeed. We would prevail. After this blood letting by this disgruntled elements, they should remember that a day of reckoning will come. Just because of power these politicians have sworn to kill their brothers and sisters. I begin to ask what kind of orientation would someone go through that gives them the impetus to blow up and kill their fellow human beings. On the promise that you will go to heaven and virgins bestowed on you. These elements are not true muslims. Islam is a religion of peace so i have been told. And i believe that. For any insurgency to work as it has been doing in nigeria, it needs some local support and sympathetic elements.

    • kwango

      These godless killers are similar to thoso who use online platforms to deceive gullible people and innocent Nigerians into believing that a government that cares less about the life and dead body of its citizens mean well for them. A government that will lie and kill its opponents just to make one man rule is as evil as the bombers.
      They can attack opposition but will chicken out before rag tag militia. Shame on mediocre leadership.

    • PROF

      Islam is a curse to mankind.just look at what is going on ,all in the name of I most get power,how about if after all this you don’t get power.

      • Dr. Kay

        Is that what the little brain cells spared by your ogogoro infested lifestyle could conjure up? Me I sorry for you oh ? If your clueless so called xtian president sits why the whole country burns around him me I sorry for una oh. By the way his Vice President , is he not a staunch catholic? Imbeciles ,you quick to condemn a religion yet people within your ranks are Muslims and you will also be looking for votes from cursed people , Init ?
        You see why ogogoro don yamutu your existence, eranko radarada , beast of no gender.

  • kwango

    Fresh air. Total Anihilation of Nigeria TAN. People Destroying People PDP through polythene bag bombing and people say we have a government.

  • Maria

    Are Bauchi and Gombe not APC states? Only APC states have boko haram…yeye government.

  • Newsbreak

    “At least 10 people have been killed in a bomb blast as they queued to withdraw money from a cash machine

    in northern Nigeria, residents have told the BBC. Security operatives say a female suicide bomber was

    responsible for the attack in Azare, Bauchi state. No group has said it carried out the attack but suspicion
    is likely to fall on Islamist militant group Boko Haram.”