Abuja Blast Survivors Recount Experience

Some survivors of Wednesday’s explosion at Emab Plaza, a popular shopping mall in Abuja, have stressed the need for the Federal Government to urgently address the issue of insecurity in Nigeria.

Some of the survivors recounted their experience on Friday shortly after the Minister of Health, Professor Onyebuchi Chukwu, visited the Maitama General Hospital and the National Hospital Abuja, where they are undergoing treatment.

Their stories are the same, as they groan in pains.

Professor Chukwu pledged that the government would provide quality healthcare for the survivors.

A survivor, who was amputated as a result of the blast, narrated the incident, just as her husband and the orthopaedic surgeon explained the reason behind the amputation.

“I was there along the road selling banana in front of Emab Plaza in the evening time. The next thing we heard was an explosion,” Gloria Ejike told Channels Television.

“Immediately she was brought in here, almost in shock, she had lost a lot of blood. She was reviewed  and was taken immediately to the theatre and the finding was that a massive metal object, a missile had gone through the left thigh and transectted the blood vessels and lastrated the muscles,” Dr Chris Otabor, consultant orthopaedic surgeon, said
“This is the best solution. If I can sign she will be alive. I prayed and I decided to sign the document for them to amputate her,” Solomon Ejike, the husband of the amputated victim, said.

While several other persons have been discharged from the different hospitals in Abuja, the Minister of Health was optimistic that there would be no increase in the number of deaths recorded from the bomb blast which currently stands at 21.

Seventeen persons were injured are are receiving treatment at different hospitals in Abuja.

The Wednesday’s explosion came barely two months after two explosions occurred at the Nyanya Motor Park area in the outskirt of Nigeria’s capital city.

Narrating the incident of Wednesday, eyewitness said the bomb, concealed in an Abuja Taxi, went off at the popular shopping centre after it was dropped by an Okada rider.

The bomb was dropped at the exit point of the plaza, close to a mini taxi park where passengers are picked by drivers.

The Vice-President, Namadi Sambo, who visited the venue after the blast, has urged Nigerians to be vigilant and observant and also report suspicious acts to security agencies, as government is determined to crush insurgency.

President Goodluck Jonathan also visited the victims at the hospitals and described the act as regrettable and painful, promising that those who carried out the bombings and their sponsors would be brought to book.

He wondered why anyone would be planning evil for those who are carrying out legitimate businesses, fending for their families and contributing to the development of the nation.

President Jonathan further described what has happened as one of those dark phases in Nigeria’s history which would be over some day. 

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