Nyanya Bombings – Mayhem strikes again
Lightning struct for the second time on May 1, 2014 as what should have been a peaceful worker’s day in Nigeria was marred by a bomb blast that shook the peace of the Nation at 8:20 p.m on the 1st of May. The second bomb blast occurred less than 100 metres away from Nyanya bus park- the scene were over 75 people were killed and many others injured two weeks ago.
In a statement issued by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), 20 people lost their lives and several others were injured. At least 7 of the victims who lost their lives were trapped in their cars at the time of the blast and could not escape. Nyanya was a chaotic environment following the blast, as hundreds of onlookers rushed to the scene before they were dispersed by a detachment of military personnel. A combined team of emergency services providers, including men NEMA, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Police, were seen struggling to attend to victims.
The scene of the new blast is also a short distance from a military checkpoint set up after the first explosion to detect bombs. The perpetrators appeared to have targeted the temporary bus station, created close to Zuba Park, Nyanya as a replacement for the bus park with was destroyed by the previous bombing. According to eyewitness reports, 3 men parked a White Volkswagen Golf at the scene and disappeared quickly into the crowd after the blast. Security operatives and concerned citizens tried to locate those men but failed. The bomb left a crater at the point where it was detonated.
Traffic congestion according to the police hampered rescue operations. Military and other security personnel struggled to deactivate two canisters at the scene that they suspected to be more bombs while the entire area was cleared of cars and humans. While the crime scene had been cordoned off, people were seen going about their normal businesses in the rest of Nyanya area. Bodies laid scattered at the scene of the blast, and hundred of sympathisers struggled to help the wounded.
The HobbingPost team spoke to a contact at Asokoro General hospital that confirmed that the death toll was still rising as at the time of this report.