Reports reaching us from Abuja, is that suspected Boko Haram members have detonated multiple explosive devices at the Kuje market and a nearby Police station in Abuja.
Details are still sketchy but we hear that there are over 100 dead and many more injured from the blast that occured at about 9:15pm local time.
Update: Police statement on the bomb blast below:
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon E. Arase, fdc, NPM, following the bomb blasts that occurred in Kuje and Nyanya areas in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, has assured residents and the entire country not to panic as the Nigeria Police Force is prepared to do all within its reach to ensure adequate security of lives and property. IGP Arase said those that did these dastardly acts, did so in shame of cowardice, saying no matter their aim, Nigeria will not accommodate terrorists’ acts.
Following the incidents the Police High Command ordered an immediate deployment of Police Explosives Ordinance Disposal Units to the scenes to prevent further destructions. Preliminary investigations revealed the bomb blasts were carried out by two suicide bombers – a male and a female. Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police has ordered massive stop-and-search activities in and around the Federal Capital to Territory, Abuja. The IGP urges Nigerians to be vigilant at all times and report any suspicious persons or objects to the nearest Police Station or any other security agencies for prompt interventions.
Ag. ACP OLABISI KOLAWOLE FORCE PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER, FORCE HEADQUARTERS, ABUJA.