We’ve seen hell, say Taraba bomb blast victims


Victims of a bomb blast that occurred in a pub in Ardo-Kola Local Government Area in Taraba State attributed their survival to divine intervention.

Several people were reportedly killed and many others injured in the explosion in the town of Iware on 19 April.

The Islamic State West Africa Province had claimed responsibility for the attack.

Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, who condemned the attack, in a statement signed by his special adviser for media and publicity, Bala Dan-Abu, called it barbaric, vicious and distasteful. act of unprovoked aggression against innocent people.

However, two of the injured victims, Clement Targema and Joshua Johnson, said Sunday punch on their hospital beds at the Jalingo Federal Medical Center, which they.

Targema, who said he lost his wife, said he was on the phone outside his store as his wife attended to customers when the bomb went off.

“The bomb may have been planted there, but none of us knew about it. All of a sudden, I heard a detonation. I left and when I regained consciousness I saw my lifeless wife on the ground. Only God saved me and only God can say how I survived. Many people died in the explosion within seconds.

“My wife will be buried tomorrow, it’s painful that I can’t see how she will be buried. I can only pray that his soul continues to rest with the lord.

The 40-year-old businessman, who said he spent N43,700 on drugs and tests, added that he has been receiving free treatment since Wednesday.

“We have heard rumors that the government has taken over our treatment bills and since Wednesday they (hospital management) have stopped asking us to buy medicine. The governors of Taraba and Rivers were there to see us. After they left, we were also given 5,000 naira. While I thank them for visiting us, we want the government to do more to stop the incident from happening again,” he added.

Meanwhile, Johnson, 23, from Mayo Reneo, said he was chatting with his friends when he suddenly found himself on the ground.

“It was around 4 p.m. when the incident happened. The sound of the explosion was enough to kill a person, but thank God I’m alive.

Reaching Unreached Refugees and Peace Initiative director Dr Theophilus Songo, who also condemned the attack, urged security agencies and the government to be proactive in preventing further attacks.

Songo added, “It is a wake-up call for our security agencies to prepare and tackle the ugly trend head-on to avoid a repeat of the incident. The people of Taraba must also be vigilant and aware of the people with whom they are in contact.

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