… Eye wit­nesses, sur­vivors re­count ex­pe­ri­ences

Daily Trust - - NEWS -

Eye wit­nesses in Nyanya bus stop, the scene of yes­ter­day’s blast that killed many people, have re­counted their sad ex­pe­ri­ences of the in­ci­dent.

Mr Romanus Ugwu, an Abuja-based jour­nal­ist, res­i­dent at Nyanya, said what he saw could be best de­scribed as a “gory sight” be­cause many people were burn­ing in some cars and were call­ing for help that never came to them while some were on the ground, help­less with­out limbs.

“You have to be hard hearted to look at these things. I saw a woman ly­ing face down with­out limbs while one, who was sur­rounded by her chil­dren, strug­gled for life and gave up in their arms.

“These at­tack­ers ap­pear to be more proac­tive than our res­cue or­gan­i­sa­tions and se­cu­rity agencies be­cause so many lives would have been saved if help had come in time.’’

Ugwu said he counted many bod­ies lit­tered on the ground in the park, but could not say if all of them were dead.

He how­ever com­mended the Nigeria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fence Corps per­son­nel for their res­cue ef­forts.

Mr Ab­dulrazak Haruna of the Chemical, Bi­o­log­i­cal, Ra­di­o­log­i­cal and Nu­clear (CBRN) Re­sponse Unit of NSCDC, said: “It is a sad ex­pe­ri­ence. We counted 20 BRT buses, 14 cars, 24 com­muter buses and 13 mo­tor­cy­cles.’’

Mr Femi Lawal, a sur­vivor of the blast, said he had got off from one of the green buses from One-man Vil­lage and was head­ing to the park when the blast went off.

Lawal said he fell and was dazed mo­men­tar­ily be­fore re­al­is­ing what had hap­pened. He said that he heard a loud bang, which nearly blinded him, and saw a thick smoke while people ran in con­fu­sion.

The 32-year old man, who was wounded on the wrist and neck, said “it is a day I will live to re­mem­ber”. (NAN)

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