Jimeta Market Bombing: Death Toll Hits 31
BEVERLY HILLS, June 05, (THEWILL) – As the people of Adamawa State continue to lament Thursday’s suicide bombing of the Jimeta night market in Yola, the state capital,the death toll in the attack has risen to 31.
Briefing newsmen on the incident on Friday, the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Medical Centre Yola, Mallam Muhammadu Adamu Dodo, said 31 bodies were removed from the scene of the blast while other 22 casualties are still receiving treatment at the hospital.
Dodo, who disclosed that many of the casualties on admission need blood, urged kind-hearted people of the state to come to the aid of the victims.
Also speaking on the bombing, the Chief Medical Director of Yola Specialists Hospital, Dr. Bala Saidu,disclosed that the dead victims have been transferred to the FMC Yola ,stressing that 44 persons who were injured in the attack were brought to his Hospital for treatment, with 25 already discharged while 19 others are still being treated.
The disclosure came as the State Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Othman Abubakar, said the Command recorded 29 deaths, including the two suicide bombers who also died in the attack.
Condemning the attack, the paramount ruler of Adamawa, His Royal Highness, Dr. Muhammadu Barkindo Aliyu Mustapha, and the former chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Mallam Nuhu Ribadu, described the attack as man’s inhumanity to man, the visibly-worried monarch urged the people of the state to remain calm, saying the government would do everything possible to address the issue.
In a condolence letter issued by former Chairman of EFCC , Mallam Ribadu, through his Director of Press, Abdul’Aziz Fagge, Ribadu described the attack as callous and needless.
Ribadu said; “I just got the heart-wrenching news of a terrible bomb blast near the popular Jimeta market in Yola, the capital of Adamawa State. I am in utter shock and state of devastation.
“I find it quite saddening that for the first time since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency the murderous terrorists have succeeded in shattering the peace of Yola.
“Though the terrorists have gotten away with their plan this time, we should not allow them to tear our spirit. Several of their attempts to penetrate Yola in the past were foiled through efficient government-citizen mechanism of alertness. It can still be done. The people must not be cowered.+
According to Ribadu, “Though I am presently far away from home, my thoughts and prayers are with the people.
“Let me use this opportunity to extend my condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in the attack. May the lost of the departed find repose in the nicest of places. May God almighty provide quick healing for the injured victims and recompense those who lost their means of livelihood.”