President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered that the security in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, be increased following an early Monday morning explosion in Nyanya, a suburb of the capital city.
In a tweet by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, the president said he is saddened by the loss of lives from the explosion. He extended his condolence to the families of the bereaved.
Mr. Abati, through his twitter handle, @abati1990, also said that the president has directed medical personnel around the city to do their best to save lives of those injured in the explosion.
Over 200 people are feared killed in an explosion that rocked a popular motor park in Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. The explosion occurred at about 6:30 a.m. and most of the victims are believed to be passengers going to the city centre to resume work on Monday.
Security and emergency operatives arrived early to evacuate the corpses and take the injured to hospitals.
The emergency agency, NEMA, says it cannot give an official casualty figure yet.