At least five people including three police officers have been killed and scores more wounded as religious extremists bombed the state government Ministry of Finance in Jalingo, Taraba state in Northern Nigeria.
Witnesses and the Nigerian Red Cross claimed the explosion struck hitting the Ministry of Finance buildings in Jalingo, Taraba state Monday morning with ensuing stampede as make run for their life.
The blast happened Monday morning at a road junction near the offices of the Taraba state governor. A report from the Nigerian Red Cross said some people were hurt in the blast and taken to nearby hospitals.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police in Taraba state, Maman Sule, has escaped a round of bomb explosions that occurred in Jalingo, the Taraba state capital, killing three persons. Three suspected bombers died instantly as the bomb was being put in place.
The Deputy PRO for the Nigerian Police Force, Frank Mba, confirmed that the blast occurred at 8:45am, Monday morning at Kebbi roundabout in the heart of the north-eastern state just as the commissioner was passing en-route to his office.
The road side bomb went off as the state’s Commissioner of Police, Maman Sule approached in a convoy on his way to his office. The commissioner’s outrider was hit by the bomb impact.
Mr Mba in a phone conversation with Channels Television, stated that three of the suspected bombers died instantly while the outrider on the commissioner’s convoy was injured.
It is not yet certain if the bomb blast was targeted at the Commissioner of Police.
Mr Mba also confirmed that there were no explosions in Adamawa and Gombe states.
“The states are calm” he said, adding that and “we are working with other agencies and want to reassure Nigerians that this will soon be over.”
The latest bomb explosion in Taraba state is coming after a bomb attack on Sunday killed 20 people in Bayero University Kano, Kano state.
Police declined to immediately comment as officers surrounded the road junction.
Nigeria’s largely quiet Taraba state borders Cameroon. Jalingo is the state capital.
Bomb and gun attacks Sunday on Christians attending church services in Nigeria’s north killed at least 21 people.