7 June 2012

Nigeria: Bauchi Church Blasts Victims Buried

Bauchi — Ten persons out of the 21 people who died in the attack on the Harvest Field Church and Living Faith Church in Bauchi State have been buried at the Christian Cemetery, Yelwa Tudun in Bauchi.

Daily trust gathered that on Tuesday, five persons were buried while another five were buried yesterday. They include former House of Representative member during the Shehu Shagari administration, Dodo Hassan, Effiom Augustine Itta, a reproductive health/ HIV/AIDs consultant in Bauchi and a graduate of University of Maiduguri, Suru Bamgbose.

Others are, a student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, Joseph Kehinde Aiyebe, a final year Engineering student of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi, and Samuel Olusegun, 16 years old student of Divine Primary and Secondary School International, Bauchi.

Families of the bomb blast victims, leaders and members of the churches as well as students of ATBU, the federal polytechnic were among those who attended the burial. In an interview with news men, the state's chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Lawi Pokti enjoined Christian not to retaliate, saying, "Nobody should take laws into his/her hands by causing trouble because the church will not support any act of lawlessness".

He said 21 people died in the bomb blast, adding, "Five persons have been buried today, five were buried yesterday, so we still have some corpses in the hospital and by the grace of God we will bury more tomorrow and the day after. We are burying them in batches depending on the readiness of their relatives".

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