President Goodluck Jonathan has visited the scene of explosion at Nyanya Bus Stop where he was briefed by security operatives on ground that a bomb which went off at about 6:30am killed scores of people and damaged 16 high capacity buses, some cars and motorcycles.
No official figure for the casualty has yet been released but while hospital sources have confirmed up to 70 persons dead, residents and eye witnesses insist that over 200 persons might have been killed.
Jonathan urged Nigerians to be more observant and to report suspicious movements to security agents.
“We want to use this unique opportunity to plead with the media and our great men and women to come up with enlightenment programme for our people. Those countries that face terror, they have developed great awareness. If there are unusual movement of vehicles and bags, they call on security and based on this, a lot of incidences are contained,” he said.
The president also expressed condolences to the families of the victims of the incident, just as he commended the security services for their prompt action.
The area has since been cordoned and security agencies have been placed on red alert throughout the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as there are rumours of possible explosives planted still planted at strategic locations around the city.
Police spokesman, Frank Mba, a chief superintendent, said the Force is paying very close attention to all vulnerable points, including motor parks, government buildings and crowded joints and advised the public to avoid unnecessarily crowded places.
Mba also confirmed that experts from the bomb disposal squad have begun investigation into the Nyanya explosion and that a team of detectives were visiting hospitals and taking count of the dead and injured.
“We want to give you figures that we can back up with facts,” he said.
The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar; Commander, Guards Brigade, Anthony Omozoje and other top security personnel also visited the scene.
Meanwhile, the chief medical Director of Maitama General Hospital, Abuja, Sotimehin Adetohun, confirmed that the 14 dead bodies and 37 injured persons were brought to the hospital, while two persons in critical conditions were transferred to National Hospital.
Authorities of Wuse General Hospital confirmed that 15 dead people were brought into the hospital.
At Asokoro General Hospital, the chief medical director, Amodu Abubakar, said 27 bodies were deposited in the hospital morgue, while 25 people were receiving treatment for their wounds.
Also, 15 dead bodies were deposited at the National Hospital morgue.
Those affected were passengers, mostly workers, leaving the park to the city centre, petty traders and vehicles conveying passengers to other locations within and outside the FCT.