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Kaduna Bomb Blast: We lost more than 100 members—Okada riders

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The national body of commercial motorcycle riders yesterday claimed that at least 100 of its members died in the Easter Sunday blast in Kaduna.

“Yesterday [Sunday] was a very dark day. This is because we lost our members and other innocent Nigerians. On the average, over 100 of our members lost their lives,” Secretary-General of the Amalgamated Commercial Motorcycle Owners and Riders Association of Nigeria (ACOMORAN), Nasir Mamman, told reporters in Kaduna on Monday adding that the association would call an emergency meeting to compile the statistics of members that died in the blast.

Corroborating the figure was the Kano Road, Kaduna, branch Chairman of the union, Danjuma Issa, who stated that most of the dead members of the riders association were burnt beyond recognition.

“It was an unfortunate incident, more so that it mostly affected our members. You can see that we are few here today. We are still mourning and searching for most of our members that we believe were killed in the blast.

“Families of some of our members have been trooping to various hospitals in the state to search for their loved ones. You cannot even identify some of the dead because they were burnt beyond recognition.”  Isaa said.

A Bomb laden Honda car with a lone occupant early Easter Sunday went off at the Junction/Sardauna Crescent area of Kaduna, killing mostly commercial motorcycle operators, fuel hawkers and passersby and also damaged about 60 houses within the vicinity.

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Abubakar Jingiri described the explosion as “massive”.

The spokesman for the Kaduna State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), Abubakar Zakari Adamu, on Sunday stated that 36 persons, including the lone bomber were killed in the blast.

In an interview with Vanguard News, the Kaduna State Commissioner of Police disputed SEMA’s figure saying that the figure was false.

“Official figure before me confirms that the death toll is 11. My officers went round the hospitals. We were given this figure by the hospitals, not hearsay.

“I am yet to get a contradictory figure from the Hospitals.” Jingiri said.

Meanwhile casualty figures from Sunday tragedy rose on Monday as three of the injured victims died at the Barau Dikko Specialist Hospital in the state capital.

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  1. Utchay

    April 11, 2012 at 7:42 am

    The bomb blast was massive but only 11 persons were reportedly killed! Pls commissioner stop lying to us! Lives have been lost and you are playing police politics with people’s lives! May their souls rest in peace and God save Nigeria from this madness!

  2. samgentle

    April 11, 2012 at 8:14 am

    sequent to all this things happening, i sincerelly wish to say that i regreated being a nigerian! Mr. President, pls, if You are confussed about this situation call on UN to come to our aid. Because i will leave this country for good soonest. I am not happy at all for all this mess.

  3. Justina

    April 11, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    The world is coming to an end, Lord, put an end to all these killing of innocent soul.

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

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