Osun, Oyo, Ondo On List Of Abuja Blast Victims

House of Representatives Leader Mulikat Akande Adeola(right) giving some cash to a victim of Nyanya bomb blast at the National Hospital, Abuja… yesterday. With her are two female members of the House, Stella Dogu and Betty Apiafi.

After the initial shock, officials have settled down to find out the identities of the victims of the Nyanya suicide bombing in which no fewer than 75 people died and 164 injured.

Imo, Katsina and Benue indigenes top the list of the injured.

The police released yesterday security advisory to Nigerians for the Easter holiday.

According to the figures released by the National Emergency Agency (NEMA), 126 are in nine hospitals.

The clinics  are Nyanya General Hospital(11); Asokoro District (26); Maitama District Hospital (22); PAN-RAF Hospital(nine); National Hospital (31); Mararaba General Hospital (eight); Customs Hospital (14); Abuja Clinic, Karu (four); and Garki Hospital (one).

The victims are from 26 of the 36 states.

The states of 48 victims were unknown as at press time. Imo, Katsina and Benue top the list of the injured ones.

The highlights are as follows: 48 (no states); Imo (eight); Katsina (eight); Benue (eight); Edo (six); Kaduna (six); Enugu (five); Kogi (five); Sokoto(five); Cross River (one); Ebonyi (three); Plateau (two); Kebbi (one); Kwara (two); Adamawa (one); Kano (two); Osun (one); Oyo (two); Delta(two); Nasarawa (two); Ondo (one); Abia (two); FCT (one); Rivers (one) Akwa Ibom (two); Anambra (one) and Jigawa(one).

The police advisory urges Nigerians to be vigilant at motor parks, shopping malls and recreational centres.

The police specifically cautioned those who will worship in mosques and churches to take precautionary measures.

A statement by police spokesman Frank Mba, said: “Against the backdrop of recent security challenges in the country and the general preparation for the forthcoming Easter celebrations, the Nigeria Police High Command has urged worshippers both at Jumat and church services to take adequate measures to reduce the number of vehicles around these hallowed worship centres so as to make the tasks of keeping surveillance on the area easier.

“ The police apex authority also advises that abandoned and disused vehicles should not be parked within or close to places of worship and residential areas. It further highlights the need for vehicles parked overnight in those premises to be properly vetted and identified.

“While emphasising that empty containers and other forms of receptacles (including dustbins) not in use should be properly disposed or stored far away from the reach of unauthorised persons, the Police High Command highlights the need for flower pots and flower edges around residential buildings, offices and worship centres to be kept clear and regularly checked for foreign or suspicious objects.

“The Police High Command also enjoins worshippers to make conscious effort to know fellow members of their congregation, as this will make it easier to know who is a stranger in their midst. It reiterates the need for worshippers to be security alert and report all suspicious characters and observations to the Police.

“The worship centres are enjoined to discourage hawking and clustering/loitering around the worship centres after service. Worshippers are equally advised to refrain from entering the worship centres with hand bags, brief-cases and other related items.

“The Force equally advises operators of motor parks, shopping malls and recreational centres to work very closely with the police and other security agencies as they strive to strengthen general security in their respective facilities.

“While assuring the public of his administration’s readiness and commitment towards ensuring a safe and secure environment, the Inspector-General Police, MD Abubakar also wishes Nigerians a very peaceful and happy Easter celebrations.”

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