The father of one of the dead victims of Monday’s bomb blast at the Kano School of Hygiene, Mallam Danlandi Kunchi, told liveschoolnews.org grapevine in Kano yesterday that his son, Garba Danladi, was in the school only to collect his admission letter and was caught up in the blast.
Speaking while waiting to collect the corpse of his son, he said: “May Allah forgive my son and may He expose those who killed him. My son wanted to become a medical doctor but when he could not get admission to a university he enrolled in this school”.
Another bereaved relation, Harisu Lawal who went to claim the corpse of Najib Abdullahi who hailed from Gwarzo LGA of Kano State, prayed Allah to pay the perpetrators of the blast in the same coin. According to him, late Najib was also in the school to collect his admission letter.
Ibrahim Musa, the older brother of late Rabiu Ibrahim, said he was at the mortuary to receive the corpse of his brother on behalf of their father. He described the death of his brother as the will of Allah.
In an interview, a friend of the father of late Salim Danladi described the deceased as hardworking.
“His father, Danladi Iliyasu, is a worker at the Ministry of Environment and he is in Ondo State. This is why we are here to collect the remains of his son. Salim was in his final class. He went to the school for practicals and was killed in the blast,” he said.
Identities of the dead victims were yesterday revealed as hospital, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and the Kano State government gave different casualty figures from the eight given by the police on Monday.
Our correspondent who went to the mortuary of the Murtala Mohammad Specialist Hospital yesterday gathered that some of the deceased were students while a worker of the school also died in the blast.
The students as identified by their parents who were at the mortuary to claim corpses include; Najib Abdullahi (23), Salim Danladi (26), Rabiu Ibrahim Musa (23) and Garba Danladi (24), all from Kano State.
Meanwhile, the Kano government has put the casualty figure at seven. The Commissioner for Health, Alhaji Abubakar Labaran Yusuf who spoke to newsmen said he didn’t know where the police got their initial figure.
“I don’t know where they, (police) got the figure from but the dead bodies I have in my custody were six but one of the injured died this morning (yesterday),” he said.
It would be recalled that Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Adenerele Shinaba Monday said eight persons died in the blast. The North West zonal coordinator of NEMA in Kaduna, Alhaji Musa Illelah who spoke to newsmen when he led officials of the agency to Kano said information from hospital authorities put the causality figure at six.
Spokesman of the Kano Police Command, ASP Magaji Musa Majia, said they were making headway in their investigation.
Meanwhile, the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, yesterday prayed Allah to bring to an end the insurgency ravaging the North.
Speaking shortly after visiting victims of the blast in hospital, the emir who described it as devastating urged people to intensify prayers to end the insurgency.
Meanwhile, a cross section of victims at the hospital yesterday narrated how they were caught in the explosion.
Shehu Abdullahi Rano said he accompanied his friend who recently secured admission to the school when the bomb exploded.
“I’m a student but we are on break so I accompanied my friend to the school. It while he was waiting to collect admission that the incident happened,” he said.
A 17-year-old victim, Nafiu Musa Gwarzo, said they went to complain to the provost of the school over the shoddy practices in the issuance of admission letters when the explosion occurred.
“When the provost, Dr. Ado H. Bello, entered the school, we rushed to him in order to complain over the difficulties we are facing in collecting admission letters. It was on our way to where he parked his car that the bomb exploded,” he said.
An victim who gave his name as Sani said: “We are praying to God to change the thinking of those people who are doing these things in order to understand that what they are doing is wrong.”
The provost while speaking when he received officials of NEMA said he was just parking his car when the bomb exploded.
“When the bomb exploded I laid down for over 15 minutes and it was after I stood up that I saw many students on the ground,” he said.
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