- Governor beefs up security in schools in Niger
Saka Bolaji, Minna
A female suicide bomber Wednesday detonated a bomb in front of the Federal College of Education Library in Kotangora, Niger State, leaving several students injured.
The bomb blast, which occurred at about 2:30pm, it was reliably gathered claimed the life of the female bomber who was covered in a hijab.
The National Business and Technical Examination Board (NABTEB) was organising examinations for 2014 in the auditorium when the bomb went off thereby causing a pandemonium.
The suicide bomber was said to be rushing towards the library when the bomb detonated.
According to a student Naomi Gana who was lucky to have finished her papers: “I am still in shock because after I finished my exams, I sat under the tree waiting for my friend when the bomb exploded.
“I saw the bomber, I saw her running towards the library and thank God before she got to the entrance the bomb went off. The other girl I am sure was just unlucky because she is a student who was just walking when the bomb went off”.
An eye witness, who spoke with our correspondent on phone, said: “Those who are injured sustained injury while scrambling for safety. Presently, about eight people are injured out of who one broke his leg because of the stampede.
“I thank God the bomb did not affect or take many lives because the bomber’s target was the school library but fate met her when the bomb went off leaving her and two other female who just finished writing their examinations dead”.
Meanwhile, the Governor of Niger State, Dr. Muazu Babangida Aliyu has condemned the blast saying it was dastardly.
In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Israel Ebije in Minna, the Niger State Governor said the only casualty was the female attacker.
Aliyu urged people of Kontagora and indeed Niger State to remain calm. He said full scale investigation has commenced over the incidence adding that the blast cannot be linked to any terror organisation yet.
He called on the people of the state to be vigilant especially taking note of strange faces in their communities, intimating that the bomber masqueraded as a beggar.
He said the state government has already doubled security in all schools in state adding that the state has also put up a team to ensure continuous screening of people in school environments to prevent evil perpetrators from infiltrating.
The Niger state governor further said students affected by the blast are already receiving treatment for injuries sustained, expressing optimism that those receiving treatment will soon be discharged.
The Niger State governor urged Nigerians to remain focused and determined in the effort towards building the country to its desired heights saying no matter what evil perpetrators do, they will not succeed in eroding peace and collective development aspiration of Nigerians.