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SS1 Student Caught with Bomb in Taraba



A female Senior Secondary (SS1) student of the Federal
Government Girls College (FGGC), Jalingo was on Monday
apprehended for being in possession of two grenades.
The school’s security guards, who were conducting checks
on the students’ luggage following their resumption for the
second term, apprehended the student, simply identified as
In an attempt to smuggle the bombs into the school,
Blessing, an SS1 student, who joined the school last
September, concealed the bombs inside gari and it took the
vigilance of the security men to detect them.
Upon the discovery, she was quickly arrested alongside her
father, who is said to be a retired Police Inspector from
Numan in Adamawa State, while the bomb disposal unit at
the police headquarters was quickly called in to detonate
the bombs.
The development threw the entire school into pandemonium
as staff and students ran for cover when the news of the
incident went round the school and it took great effort from
the school authorities to restore normalcy to the school.
Confirming the incident, the state’s Police Public Relations
Officer (PPRO), ASP Joseph Kwaji, said both the girl and
her father were being detained, while investigation is
ongoing on the matter.
In a related development, following an industrial action
embarked upon by members of the Joint Health Sector
Union (JOHESU), a conglomerate of several health care
associations in the health sector, victims of last Sunday’s
bomb explosion in Adamawa State have been left
unattended to at the Federal Medical Centre, Yola.
Most of the victims, who were brought to the medical
facility, were neglected as nurses, laboratory attendants
and other auxiliary members of staff were not on hand to
assist the doctors who had been attending to some of them.
A source in the hospital told THISDAY that most of the
victims had been referred to other hospitals outside the
state, where they could possibly be attended to by medical
experts, as the doctors at the medical centre were
overwhelmed by the number of the injured.
Efforts to speak with some of the injured proved abortive as
security men prevented journalists from moving close to
their wards.
A blast suspected to be from an Improvised Explosive
Device (IED) had on Sunday claimed two lives in Dahlehi
community in Maiha Local Government Area of Adamawa
State, while several others were injured.
The Chairman of the local government, Alhaji Mohammed
Jibrilla, had said the incident occurred when some youths lit
fire to warm themselves because of harmattan cold but
mistakenly added a leather object they picked by the
roadside containing a strange object.
Jibrilla said the leather object suspected to be an
abandoned IED had exploded, killing two of the youths and
injured several others.

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