Bomb explodes in Gombe after Jonathan campaigned; police say President not target

Former president Goodluck Jonathan campaigning. Pic used to illustrate the story.

The police has said President Goodluck Jonathan was not the target of a suicide bomb attack in Gombe town Monday, contrary to speculations by some social media users.

The spokesperson of the police in Gombe State, Fwaje Atajiri, who spoke to ‎PREMIUM TIMES over the telephone, said neither the president nor his convoy was the target of the suicide attack, which he said was carried out by a female bomber.

Mr. Jonathan was in Gombe for a rally Monday and there were claims the president escaped a bombing attack after a blast occurred less than 200 metres from his convoy.

“The female suicide bomber and a passerby were the ‎only casualties, while six persons were injured but not fatally,” Mr. Atajiri said.

He also said the bombing occurred around the Water Board area of the town, far away from where Mr. Jonathan held his rally at the Fantami Township Stadium.

“The president was long gone before the blast and if not for media, he would not (have known of the blast) so he could not have been the target. The suicide bomber was heading to her target when the bomb she was carrying went off in an empty place prematurely because of the high level of security put in place,” the police spokesperson said.


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  • amazing2012

    Thank God !

    • Otile

      Are you thanking God that your people want to kill the president? Beelzebub your god will not succeed, your girls will always end up killing themselves and more of you. Allah Wubade

  • Skzeee

    Not surprising. Jonathan plan to use that against opposition. Nigerian’s are wise enough

  • Do Me I Do You

    PT shud stop this ashewo style of News caption or headline. The second part of the headline is immaterial. It doesn’t obliterate the fact tha a bomb exploded along the pathway of President Jonathan moments after he had passed by.

    It is expected that MEND and other well meaning peoples of the South South will not fail to record this incident…for reference in the immediate or in future as situation would demand. It is climaxing by the seconds, …from the moment of Yar’adua’s ailment till now, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has been bombarded from all angles, both physically & otherwise by the same very Nigerians from the North who fought shamelessly to subvert our constitution and deny Jonathan’s ascendency to Presidency against the dictates of our statutory provisions…these men, all now in the opposition, have taken the battle too far. The time to hit back seems already here…

    Gideon Orkar and his brave revolutionary team were right after all…their excision of 5 states of the North from the rest of Nigeria was visionary and still remains the only solution to eternal peace. This is hard fact.

    If the President can be attacked, what about me? What about my children? What about my Grand Pa? The time for the Niger Delta to act is now. To delay might be too dangerous. CONFEDERATION or DISINTEGRATION.. One of the two would do.

    • Martns

      Spot on!

  • Newsbreak

    Breaking News

    CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA ENDORSES JONATHAN

    Leaders of both the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
    and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria met at the Redemption
    Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) to pray
    for the nation and pray for the forthcoming election, but the meeting
    turned out to be for a secret endorsement of Jonathan’s candidacy.

    In attendance at the meeting, P.M.NEWS gathered, were Pastor Enoch Adeboye,
    General Overseer, RCCG; Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners Chapel;
    Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor – CAN President; Rev. Felix Omobude, PFN President;
    Pastor Paul Adefarasin, PFN Vice President; Pastor Wale Adefarasin of the
    Guiding Light Assembly and other key Christian leaders in the nation.

    Pastor Yemi Osinbajo (Vice President of the rival APC party) was also at the meeting
    to seek their blessing to support him and the candidacy of General Muhammed Buhari.

    • Newsbreak

      ……CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA ENDORSES JONATHAN

      Pastor Paul Adefarasin was said to have broken the silence when he asked Pastor Adeboye
      who they should support since his ‘son’, Pastor Osinbajo is vying for the vice presidency with Buhari.
      They wanted Aeboye to say something and Osinbajo was watching as he believed that ‘Baba’ will
      certainly ask other leaders to endorse him, but he was disappointed.

      Pastor Adeboye was said to have told them that he is a man under authority
      and that since he is under the authority of CAN and PFN, whoever they endorsed,
      he would support and go with them.

      It was then that Oyedepo stood up and said he had prayed and that God was leading him
      to endorse and support Jonathan and that was the script the Christian leaders adopted
      at the expense of Yemi Osinbajo (a Christian Pastor on APC ticket as Vice President).

      Instead of the meeting being for prayer for the nation, it was gathered that it turned out
      to be for secret endorsement of Jonathan as all the leaders present – except Pastor Osinbanjo –
      agreed that both CAN and PFN should go with President Goodluck Jonathan.

  • By Popular Demand

    Breaking News

    CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATIONS OF NIGERIA ENDORSE JONATHAN

    Leaders of both the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
    and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria met at the Redemption
    Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, (RCCG) to pray
    for the nation and pray for the forthcoming election, but the meeting
    turned out to be for a secret endorsement of Jonathan’s candidacy.

    In attendance at the meeting, P.M.NEWS gathered, were Pastor Enoch Adeboye,
    General Overseer, RCCG; Bishop David Oyedepo of the Winners Chapel;
    Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor – CAN President; Rev. Felix Omobude, PFN President;
    Pastor Paul Adefarasin, PFN Vice President; Pastor Wale Adefarasin of the
    Guiding Light Assembly and other key Christian leaders in the nation.

    Pastor Yemi Osinbajo (Vice President of the rival APC party) was also at the meeting
    to seek their blessing to support him and the candidacy of General Muhammed Buhari.

    • By Popular Demand

      …………(2) CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATIONS OF NIGERIA ENDORSE JONATHAN

      Pastor Paul Adefarasin was said to have broken the silence when he asked Pastor Adeboye
      who they should support since his ‘son’, Pastor Osinbajo is vying for the vice presidency with Buhari.
      They wanted Aeboye to say something and Osinbajo was watching as he believed that ‘Baba’ will
      certainly ask other leaders to endorse him, but he was disappointed.

      Pastor Adeboye was said to have told them that he is a man under authority
      and that since he is under the authority of CAN and PFN, whoever they endorsed,
      he would support and go with them.

      It was then that Oyedepo stood up and said he had prayed and that God was leading him
      to endorse and support Jonathan and that was the script the Christian leaders adopted
      at the expense of Yemi Osinbajo (a Christian Pastor on APC ticket as Vice President).

      Instead of the meeting being for prayer for the nation, it was gathered that it turned out
      to be for secret endorsement of Jonathan as all the leaders present – except Pastor Osinbanjo –
      agreed that both CAN and PFN should go with President Goodluck Jonathan.

      • Echendu

        “Some people call themselves statesmen but they are NOT statesmen.
        They are just ordinary politicians. For you to be a statesman it is not
        because you have occupied a big office before but the question is:
        what are you bringing to bear?

        Are you building this country or are you a part of the people
        who tell lies to destroy this country, to create enmity and make
        people who ordinarily would have been living together, fight
        themselves? Are you planning to set the country ablaze
        because you did not get that particular thing you want?

        Hiding under some big names and creating a lot of problems
        in this country, making provocative statements in this country –
        statements that will set this country ablaze – and you tell me
        you are a senior citizen. You are NOT a senior citizen;
        you can never be. You are an ordinary motor park tout.”

        ………..President Goodluck Jonathan

        (January 7th, 2014)

      • Anthony

        @Popular Demand:

        What is the news here my brother? Who will be surprised to hear this kind of news?
        Can you think at all? We already know the news before it happened. It is common sense.
        Which Christian will use his thumb to go and vote for Jihad? The Pastors did the right thing.

        • Question n’ Answer

          MY PEOPLE, AS WE WERE SAYING BEFORE THE BOMB INTERRUPTED….

  • Bigzy

    How could the Police be so sure that the President was not the target? This begs he question, who was? Remember that the bomb went off before the bomber could get to her target because of huge security.

  • larry

    Premiuim times are so fruadulent ! Even BBC reported that GEJ had hardly left that place (3 mins) before the bomb went off .
    No problem god is watching . You cant attempt to take the life of a sitting president and hope to live in peace !

  • Dankasa

    Instead of campaigning, these guys are busy deceiving themselves with Afeniferi endorsed this, CAC and Ndigbo endorsed that. endorses Jonathan doesn’t means anything. Endorsement is no more working in this country, no more deceive, Afeniferi distanced themselves from any endorsement and I believe other Christian Groups will soon disassociate themselves from any cooked endorsement. If Jana is really having a lead way, why are you calling for postponement or try to bring chaos before the next coming election? Serious minded guys are busy campaigning while you are busy counting on fake endorsement, google now and see crowd at opposition rally in Yola today and judge the Feb, 2015 race by yourselves.

  • Dankasa

    As you can see in Yola (despite the big Gimmick called Boko Haram threat), the Jihadist and his co-travelers do not need any endorsement and will win, 14 February election one hand . You can also google his campaign rallies across the country and judged whether he need any of these arrangee, called endorsements of this and that. Is just Yola, though he was blocked to go to Maiduguri, that’s why they have been under siege for him not to go and Yobe in few days with Gombe in this evening because he the Jihadist campaign train is going to Gombe tomorrow . We are being taken for fools…, think we don’t know all these childish gimmick? Time shall tell and very soon…! You will revelations at Hague very soon…!

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    I thank God for sparing the life of GEJ from this attacker and for protecting him.

    My heartfelt condolences to the family of the victim of this bombing.

    Father Lord, please hear my prayers and keep Jonothing alive and well to face his days in court and jail for corruption and for treason against Nigeria. Amen.

  • Emeka

    Alot of beer parlor news, and online polls. This campaign is one big flop in our naton history from Pdp to Apc. What reform is that you both has discussed, deepen and sell out to your blindfolded supporters, non. Expect name calling, death wish, violence and all manners of deadly venom to your brain sour supporters, who don’t ask themselves ” How and when you intend accomplishing these tons of promises from one state to another. I don’t see magical wand turn the tide not to talk of Jonathan or Buhari.

  • anneedu

    If president is not target then who’s target

    • Truthfullness

      the target is Jonathan doesnt want to hold election

  • Emmanuel

    Duncee can continue to send his suicide bombers but he will NEVER have his filthy fingers on my oil money again.

  • Wesley

    The writer takes a rather myopic and extremely biased view of things. No doubt things are bad. But he doesn’t even acknowledge several positives as well. By the way, PMB may have lost investors’ confidence due to the fx policies but definitely not the goodwill and confidence of the international community. Deriding the MoUs with Morocco whom he disdainfully calls “low rated third world country” signed here in Nigeria, simply shows the small mindset of the author and the lack of expertise in the subject matter he has written on. Low rated, 3Rd world countries such as Benin and Togo account for significant trade exports by Nigeria.

    • daniel

      The writer is quite fair in her assessment of the Buhari’s administration. PMB has not shown intelligent engagement with the nation. He seems utterly and completely out of his depth. It is impossible to believe his promises. For instance, he can’t tell whether we need to cut interest rate or not in order to revive the economy. Like Goodluck before him he only makes general promises. Is that competent leadership? In short, he doesn’t know even the ABC of leadership. He should look to Trump and see a man taking charge. Our situation is dispiriting because of PMB solely.

    • GusO

      It takes time to right the wrongs heaped on this country by previous governments. Infrastructure can’t be built in a day. Her condemnation of the Buhari Administration is either out of ignorance of what it will take to revamp our ignored and dilapidated infrastructures or criticism for the sake of it.

    • MaskedPhantom

      … “But he doesn’t even acknowledge several positives as well” Kindly enumerate them, please.

  • FuzzyLogic

    Nigeria is also buying ‘sophisticated’ military aircraft from Pakistan. Just as the writer noted, Nigeria is now turning to countries that are even worse-off than Nigeria for help. It is a sad spectacle to behold. We are really in a big funk.