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20 dead, 41 injured, As Twitter User Who Predicted Attacks Deletes Account – FG



The Federal Government has confirmed the death of 20 persons, with 41 others injured from the blasts.
The government also advocated for inter-agency collaboration in emergency situations in the country.
The Director of Family Planning in the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr. Wapada Balami, said these at a press briefing in Abuja.
Balami, who is also acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, said, “In the Kuje bomb blast, a total number of 15 persons have been recorded dead and at the Nyanya bomb blast, a total number of five persons have been recorded.
“The total number of injured persons hospitalised by the first responders are as follows: in Kuje, a total of twenty persons and in Nyanya, a total of 21 persons.”
He further said hospitals in which the injured persons were admitted had exhibited professionalism, while patients were being given the best treatment.
Balami noted that combined team work of the agencies would continue to work in partnership to reduce the rate of insecurity.
He stated that families of the affected have been contacted.
“Inter-agencies collaboration will continue to work in partnership to prevent future occurrences,” he added.
However, the government on Saturday insisted that it was defeating the insurgents and maintained that before the end of December, the sect will be wiped out of Nigeria.
Lawal said, “We want to encourage Nigerians not to despair because we know the insurgents are being defeated and they are on their death row, which is why they are clutching at souls to discourage Nigerians.
“But as the President has directed and as the security agents have assured, come December, we would have gotten rid of this menace.”
In his reaction, the CDS, Gen. Abayomi Olonishakin, said security operatives would start to reappraise their strategies and regretted that the insurgents were now hitting soft targets.
He said, “Let me also add to what the SGF has said; that we commiserate with the families of those who have lost their dear ones.
“And as for the security agencies, we will begin to reappraise our security infrastructure and set up to ensure that we are able to address this challenge appropriately.
“Of course, we are really sad that these insurgents have decided to be hitting on soft targets, but we are not deterred in our efforts to rid them out of this nation Nigeria.
“We are working according to the President’s directive and we are putting all actions and strategy in place to ensure that we achieve the Presidential directive.”
The CP, FCT, Wilson Inalegwu, urged Nigerians “to remain calm and vigilant especially in public places.” He added that, “Three civilians sustained injuries. There was no casualty from the military.
In another development, A Twitter user, Chima Okoro, who predicted the attacks in Abuja on Friday on the social networking site, has deactivated his account.
Okoro, with @chimaokoro63 as his username on Twitter, between 8.34 am and 9.12 am on October 1, had repeatedly posted: “I pray for Nigeria: there will be a bomb blast in Abuja &Lagos, Boko Haram is going to attack and kill police_army &_ Navy their evils (sic).”
In the profile picture of the account, which was captured by other users before the user deactivated it, a young man of dark complexion is seen slouching in a room with cream-coloured walls, dressed in a red T-shirt, while holding up a mobile phone in his left hand and smiling to the camera.
Checks on Twitter revealed that other users had started raising the alarm about Okoro’s tweets as early as 10 pm on Friday.
One user, Eduozor Henrie, at 10:47 pm, said, “@Omojuwa @toluogunlesi @ogundamisi, please guys see the timeline of @chimaokoro63… worrying. He tweeted this yesterday.”
Another user, @md_oyereyi at 11:31 pm, said, “The attention of the DSS and other security agencies should be called to this… @Ifyduoz @Omojuwa @toluogunlesi @ogundamisi.”
Debo Oduola, at 11:32 pm, said, “@Ifyduoz @toluogunlesi @Omojuwa @ogundamisi @chimaokoro63 he should be arrested asap,” while Dame Jayla Peperempe, in her reaction (11:03 pm), said, “Hmmm this is all he tweeted yesterday.”
Ogundana Michael (11:16 pm) said, “Who is this that tweeted this? He tweeted this just yesterday!” and Dogoh Orduen @MackDogoh (11:18 pm) expressing disbelief, said, “@MickeySunny @chimaokoro63 you are kidding me!!!”

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