But for providence, the Taraba Police Commissioner, Mr. Maman Sule, would have been one of the victims of a deadly bomb attack on Monday.
About eleven people were confirmed dead while another twenty were injured in the attack believed to have targeted the police commissioner.
The Taraba police boss confirmed that he narrowly escaped death when suspected terrorists attacked his convoy with explosives at the premises of the Ministry of Finance, adjacent the Taraba police Headquarters
This attack came barely twenty-four hours after a deadly one at the Bayero University, Kano where fifteen Christian worshippers were killed during a Sunday morning attack by suspected terrorists.
Recounting his close shave with death, the police boss said: “I was on my way to my office. The bombers struck as I entered the premises of the Ministry of Finance, which was adjacent to the Police headquarters. The explosives hit the official car I was riding in and shattered the windscreen and front bumpers but I escaped unhurt by the whiskers.”
Speaking with newsmen, Sule confirmed the death of three persons from the attack, adding that investigation had begun toward apprehending the bombers, with bomb experts already invited to join the team of investigators.
Eyewitnesses in Jalingo, however, said two unidentified persons on a motorbike rammed into the Police commissioner’s convoy and detonated the explosive.
They said the incident occurred at about 9:30am at the popular Government House roundabout. The eyewitness said that no fewer than eleven persons, including security men attached to the Commissioner of Police were killed on the spot even as 20 others were injured. Those injured are receiving treatment in various hospitals in the state.
The Red Cross Information coordinator in Taraba, Mr. Umar Waziri, also confirmed that 11 people died in the bomb attack.
“We can confirm that 11 people were killed. 10 people died at the spot, while one person died at the Federal Medical Centre in Jalingo.” Waziri said, adding that twenty others injured by the blast had been taken to various medical centres in the city.
Meanwhile, the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has said that some suspects have been arrested in connection with the Jalingo’s bomb attack
The police boss who spoke with State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Namadi Sambo at the Presidential Villa, however, refuted reports that the explosion was targeted at the state Commissioner of Police.