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Explosion in Yola


bomb-blast-ackcityAn explosion tore through a police station in Yola, northeast Nigeria, on Thursday, a rescue official told AFP, but casualty figures were not immediately available.

Aliyu Maikano, an official with the Nigerian Red Cross, said the blast in the Jimeta area of the city was caused by an “explosive device”.

The blast “wrought massive destruction on the building” and sparked a fire, he added.

“We’ve been told by security personnel that there are two more explosives that are yet to detonate,” said Maikano.

“All rescue respondents are staying outside from a distance waiting for a signal from the security agents to go in and start rescue operations.

“I’m now standing by the primary school overlooking the burning police station. Not a single casualty has been brought out because we can’t get in yet.”

The explosion, which happened at 11:30 am (1030 GMT), was confirmed by two local residents, while the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) said it was responding to a “bomb blast”.

Yola has been targeted before as part of Boko Haram’s Islamist insurgency in northeast Nigeria, which has left at least 17,000 people dead since 2009.

On November 17 last year, at least 34 people were killed and 80 others injured when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off at a lorry park in the Jambutu area of the city.

At least 27 people were killed and 96 wounded in a blast at a Jambutu mosque on October 23.

An IED left at a camp for people displaced by the conflict in Malkohi, just outside Yola, killed seven on September 11.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion or an indication of what caused it, but Boko Haram has previously targeted police stations and government buildings.

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  • The Trib3sman

    So this Professor from some college in Meadville, PA actually believes that over $2bn meant for arms was stolen? What a country. What a people.

    • New Nigerian

      ..what a comment!

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    Thanks for the objective and analytic article, let’s give the administratn the needed support.

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    RE:Rather than call for an emergency confab on the economy, Professor
    Soyinka should do what he is best at doing: galvanise like-minded
    patriotic Nigerians and demand that all those who looted Nigeria’s
    treasury (especially the over $2 billion designated for arms purchase to
    fight Boko Haram) return their ill-gotten wealth. Getting those stolen
    funds back and investing them productively in developing the
    agricultural sector, supporting small businesses, as well as providing
    microcredit to informal sector workers would help cushion the effects of
    the slowdown in the economy, and perhaps lay the foundation for a
    diversified economy.

    You echo my thoughts on this. Thank you for the erudite explication.

  • KWOY

    Don’t deceive yourself with propaganda about stolen billions for arms purchase