NEMA confirms 25 deaths in Jos explosions, residents say 31

FILE PHOTO: Scene of a bombing in Abuja that left several people dead and others wounded

The National Emergency Management Agency [NEMA] has said 25 persons were  killed in the twin bomb explosions that rocked Jos, the Plateau State capital, on Thursday evening.

But the spokesperson of the Special Task Force on Jos crisis [STF], Ikedichi Iweha, claimed 16 persons died in the incident.

However, a resident of the area told the BBC Hausa service on Thursday evening that shortly after the incident, he counted 31 bodies – 11 in one location, and 20 in another. 

Other witnesses told PREMIUM TIMES the death toll might rise as some of those injured suffered “serious and critical injuries”.

The STF spokesperson however said a detachment of security operatives have taken over the scene of the incident.

Earlier, the spokesperson for NEMA in the North-central geopolitical zone, Audu Yohanna, had told PREMIUM TIMES that the emergency agency evacuated several bodies to the Plateau Specialist Hospital and the Evangel Teaching Hospital in Jos.

“We could not take victims to the Jos University Teaching Hospitals because they are on strike,” he said.

Mr. Yohanna explained that the incident occurred in front of Mr Biggs, near Tafawa Belewa roundabout and that it destroyed two vehicles and injured many people. 

The rescue team included NEMA, the Police and members of the National Security and Civil Defence Corps [NSCDC], Mr. Yohanna said.

The Thursday evening explosion occurred during rush hours, when workers and traders were heading home from work and business.

Officials said most of those caught in the explosions were street hawkers roaming around for patrons.

The Plateau state government had, after the deadly May 20 explosions in a market, banned street trading and hawking along designated areas.

But the traders, who left for a while, recently resumed their activities around the prohibited areas.

A witness, Francis Atsa, told PREMIUM TIMES the explosions went off twice, close to the Jos main market, also known as “Terminus market”.

“I was on my way from the old site of the Jos University Teaching Hospital gate when the explosion occurred,”Mr. Atsa said.

“The first one went off at about 6:30p.m. and the second one followed almost immediately. I had to run for safety as objects were flying all over.”


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  • Mannamart

    So sad!!! May the souls of the departed rest in peace

    • alhajizakka

      Amen!

  • MushinSpeaks

    This is sad! Lives are no longer valuable in this country; the CHANGE we ned must come and put an end to this wanton waste of human lives and destruction of properties.

    CHANGE we need!

    • Ashibogu

      Are the bombings designed to achieve the change you so earnestly desire? Just musing.

  • My People

    “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 Shekau

    (Leader of Boko Haram)

    [December 28, 2013]

    • GEJmustgo!

      Let’s assume Shekau said that , what is your Jona brother waiting for to crash him and kill him? From all indications shekau is more powerful and courageous than Jona and that’s why we need change to bring about somebody who can stop Shekau , arrest him and kill him even thought we know the whole issue of shekau is smoke screen controlled by Jona aides!

      • GEJmustgo!

        There is no reason whatsoever wether political, religious, ethnic or tribal why people should be killed and the government can’t do anything claiming that some people are sabotaging the governments efforts, this is a useless government ! Why don’t. You arrest them and prosecute them since you have sufficient evidence or are they more powerful than the government?

    • James Ihiri

      @ My People,

      I notice something in Nigeria. Christians don’t even show any sense of outrage,
      as their Pastors are beheaded in open square by Boko Haram Muslim militias.
      If this idiotic symptom continues Nigeria will sooner become an Islamic State.

  • adebayo1

    God wil punish you dis my people