Kuje blast: In­jured baby miss­ing her late mum –Dad

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Judd-Leonard Okafor

The 11-month-old baby, Ife­oluwa Abo­larin, whose three rel­a­tives died in twin ex­plo­sions in Kuje, Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) last Fri­day night is “miss­ing her mum,” the fa­ther said.

Abo­larin was strapped to her mother’s back as she walked near Kuje main mar­ket min­utes be­fore the blast. In the af­ter­math, the mother, un­cle and grand­mother were killed.

Her fa­ther, Sa­muel Olu Abo­larin, traced her to hos­pi­tal hours af­ter re­spon­ders evac­u­ated them from the site with­out a rel­a­tive. The fa­ther said the 11 months old baby is bet­ter.

“She can’t talk. She’s just miss­ing her mum,” he said.

The in­fant’s frac­tured right foot is en­cased in plas­ter and ban­dage, and rests on a pile of tow­el­ing when she sleeps or rests.

The blast took off two of her toes and burnt the flesh of her foot so se­verely “you can see through to the bones of the three toes left be­hind,” said Olu.

Ife­oluwa’s right eye is also swollen, along with scrapes and bruises along the right side of her body.

In a di­a­per, she strug­gles to grab her fa­ther’s phone as he speaks. She re­laxes when he plays an au­dio file. She calms when he opens up a video of her dog at home.

“I’m just try­ing my best to be there for her,” said the 27-year fa­ther.

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