Leadership (Abuja)

31 January 2013

Nigeria: Controversy Trails Donations to Madalla Blast Victims

Over one year after the Madalla Bomb blast in Suleja, donations to the victims of the blast are beginning to be shrouded in controversy as persons whose properties were destroyed allege neglect.

LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that no fewer than 31 persons whose properties were affected by the blast have been pressurising the Niger State government to release the N25 million donated by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to assist them.

It was gathered that they were alleging that most of the donations went completely to the St Theresa's Catholic Church whereas some of them lost properties as the church.

Consequently, a human right organisation, Conscience Search Association (CSA) has petitioned Governor Mu'azu Babangida Aliyu not to release the CBN donation to the church but consider them who lost their properties too.

The petition dated January 17 and received at Government House on January 20, with serial number SA/HRO/NG/A10/CS/NG/113 a copy obtained by our correspondent read in part "in fact their complain to this office specifically point at the N25 million donated by the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for all the Victims not only the church"

The human right group apparently speaking for the 31 other victims whose property were lost stated in the petition that "Apart from Niger state government, the Federal government, a Governor from south- south , many National and international bodies, prominent individuals and groups donated items and cash towards rehabilitating of all affected victims".

The petition signed by one Evangelist Mfon Udo, therefore, wondered why all the donations were received by the church and other victims neglected and added "all the church members that lost their lives, those who were injured and even the church building have already being compensated ."

The petitioners, therefore, requested the state government not to release the N25 million to the but to other victims who also lost properties in the incident.

The Human right group categorised the persons into 70- 100 percent damaged property, 4 persons, 40-70 percent damaged property 2 persons, 20-40 percent damaged property11persons 10-20 percent damaged property 13 persons.

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