The police in Jigawa have confirmed that an explosion shook an area around one outdoor bar in the city of Jalingo, on Friday; and the local media have reported that up to three people have been killed as a result of the attack. The explosion occurred at Dorowa Ward off Barde Way in Jalingo at about 7.40 p.m.
Police spokesman, Amos Olaoye, said “There was an explosion at a beer garden in the Dorawa area of the city,” however, he gave no further details.
However, at the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, a Medical Officer, Dr Umaru Yakubu, disclosed that one person was confirmed dead while three others whose conditions he described as critical, were rushed to the theatre of the hospital. He also said that eight others whose injuries were mild were receiving treatment at the accident and emergency ward of the hospital.
Dorowa is a popular drinking joint in Jalingo where the local brew, “Burkutu” and “Ogogoro” as well as other assorted alcoholic drinks are sold. Jalingo is the capital of Taraba state, which has been occasionally hit by violence blamed on Boko Haram. And bars have sometimes been targeted by the Islamist extremists, though crime and local disputes have also led to such incidents.
Also, Taraba’s State was in the news on Thursday when the parliament impeached the deputy governor over allegations of corruption.