Adamawa explosion leaves four dead and 33 injured

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

The Thursday bomb explosion at the Jimeta Police Division, in Yola, Adamawa State, has left four policemen dead and 33 others injured.

The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Othman Abubakar, told Voice of Nigeria that the explosive, which went off accidentally at the Anti-Bomb Squad, did not record any civilian casualty.

Mr. Abubakar said the bomb that exploded was one of those recovered from local government areas that were formerly under the control of insurgents.

He said the injured 33 personnel were now receiving treatment at various medical centres in Yola.

Although the Jimeta Division is located directly opposite a government primary school, the Central Primary School, where pupils were attending classes at that time, the Police Public Relations Officer in Yola said no live was lost or building outside the station damaged.

On the need for re-enforcement at the Anti-Bomb Squad and more training for the remaining personnel who had survived the blast, Mr. Abubakar explained that training was not so necessary for the personnel, because they were already experts in the field, but that what happened was an unfortunate occurrence that sometimes happens.

“It’s not as if they didn’t handle it the way it should be, but it’s one of those things that are bound to happen along the line. So far I should say, they are well trained experts in their field and we are definitely proud of them, because they’ve represented not only the command, but even the Nigerian Police in different fora, where they go to give out security tips and how to handle or manage bombs and most at times whatever the situation calls for,” said the Police Public Relations Officer in Yola.

Mr. Abubakar also said the re-enforcement would be looked at by the Police and re-enforcement would probably be sent from the Force Headquarters.

“This is one of the trouble zones and thank God that normalcy has begun to return to some of the local governments that were under the control of the insurgents. As I said earlier on, there is no cause for alarm anymore, everything is presently under control,” Mr. Abubakar said.