President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the twin explosions that rocked the popular Jos Terminus Market Tuesday afternoon which has left at least 45 persons dead and 46 others injured.
Special adviser to the President on media, Reuben Abati, said Jonathan described the attack as cruel and has asked relevant agencies to give support to victims.
The Plateau State police commissioner, Chris Olakpe, who addressed newsmen on the incident, confirmed 45 persons dead, saying that the casualty figures were collated after visits to Plateau Specialist Hospital and Bingham Hospital, Jos, but that he expects the figure to rise.
“There should be more because we have not gone to the new and old Jos University Teaching Hospitals,” he said.
According to him, the first bomber came in a Fiat bus and parked at the market’s central business area, while the second blast was concealed in a Siena bus and occurred about 100 metres away from the first one.
Olakpe said that the market has been cordoned off and urged members of the public to stay away from the affected place in their own interest.
“Men of our anti-bomb unit will comb the market before it is declared safe for business activities to continue,” he said.
He also advised members of the public to always avoid the temptation of rushing to bomb scenes, adding that people around such scenes should quickly lie down for at least 30 minutes before scurrying to safety.
The police chief advised Nigerians to be security conscious and to promptly report any suspicious character to the security agencies.