2 May 2014

Nigeria: Eye Witness Faults Police On Nyanya Casualty Figure

Abuja — A victim of Nyanya blast, Obinna Okpo, has faulted the figure of casualties quoted by the Nigeria Police Force on the blast.

Following the second bomb blast which hit Nyanya on Thursday, Nigerian Police Force said 19 people died while 60 persons sustained varied injuries. The NPF spokesman, Frank Mba, stated this while speaking with journalists at the venue of the blast in Abuja on Friday. But Okpo disagreed, saying "what the police said was not true."

The man, who said he had gone to visit his wife at Nyanya claimed that the number of people that died on the spot were over 22.

While responding to questions from Saturday Independent, Okpo said he narrowly escaped having his private part cut by a sharp iron as the iron which pierced through his right lap. "I was returning from Mararaba to see my wife at Nyanya because she is has her business there. Not up to a minute that I dropped from a vehicle, I heard the blast and I shouted, before I knew what was happening, I found myself on the ground and while I tried to stand I felt some pains on my right leg. When I looked at it, I saw blood gushing out. It was a piece of iron that pierced through my leg close to my private part. I thank God. "I saw about 22 people, men and women, that were already dead. I was shocked. I have never seen such a thing before in my life."

Okpo, who was still visibly in shock due, continued: "I saw a huge man well dressed, but he died instantly. If you see this man you will cry. When you go there, you will see human intestines spread everywhere on the ground."

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