An official of the police has said that President Goodluck Jonathan was not the target of a suicide bomb attack in Gombe town Monday, contrary to speculations by some social media users Premium Times reports.
Fwaje Atajiri, the spokesperson of the police in Gombe State, spoke to Premium Times over the telephone, said neither the president nor his convoy was the target of the suicide attack, which he said was carried out by a female bomber.
President Jonathan was in Gombe Sate for a rally today Monday February 2, and there were claims the president escaped a bombing attack after a blast occurred less than 200 metres from his convoy.
“The female suicide bomber and a passerby were the only casualties, while six persons were injured but not fatally,” Mr. Atajiri said.
He added that the bombing occurred around the Water Board area of the town, far away from where the President held his rally at the Fantami Township Stadium.
“The president was long gone before the blast and if not for media, he would not (have known of the blast) so he could not have been the target. The suicide bomber was heading to her target when the bomb she was carrying went off in an empty place prematurely because of the high level of security put in place,” the police spokesperson said.
According to a recent report by Channels TV, at least 18 persons are feared dead.
Gombe state was recently rocked by two blasts yesterday, killing five people, with one of the attacks targeting a military checkpoint.