The Nigeria Police Force, on Friday confirmed that 19 people died while 60 others were injured in the bonb blast at Nyanya in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja on Thursday.
The Force PRO, CSP Frank Mba made the confirmation at a news conference at Nyanya, the scene of the incident. The conference was attended by the spokesperson of the Department of State Services, Marilyn Ogar, and an official of the National Emergency Management Agency.
CSP Mba made it known that three unexploded Improvised Explosive Devices were recovered from the scene and were subsequently defused.
“Investigations are ongoing and we appeal to the citizens to rally round the security forces at this critical point in our history. It will take the unity of all of us to defeat terror,” he said.
When asked whether arrests had truly been made in connection with the incident, his response was “I will not speak at this stage on ongoing investigations but investigations are ongoing and we will give facts when it is right to do so.”
While speaking at the conference, Marilyn Ogah said “we must take our security into our hands because the security agencies cannot do it all alone. It must be collective. The call here is for all Nigerians to rally round security agencies. It is not a time to say they are not doing what they are supposed to do. The number of security personnel in the country is very small compared to the population. Rally round us through information. No information is useless.”