One of the masterminds of the deadly bomb blast that rocked Emab Plaza at Wuse 11, Abuja, has been killed.
According to the Coordinator of the National Information Centre, Mike Omeri, the bomber was killed by soldiers as he attempted to escape on a power bike.
Omeri, who is the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) also confirmed that another one has been arrested and now being interrogated.
Earlier, Nigeria Police Force Public Relations, ACP Frank Mba, had confirmed 21 people dead and 17 injured in the incident.
A statement issued by Paul Odenyi, Media Assistant to Omeri, reads in full, “The National Information Centre (NIC) has confirmed that one of the suspected attackers in today’s bomb explosion that occurred between Bannex and Emab Plazas in Wuse 11, Abuja has been arrested while a second suspect was killed by soldiers.
The Coordinator of the Centre, Mike Omeri said the dead suspect was killed by soldiers as he tried to escape on a power bike.
According to him, residents of the FCT are advised to remain calm, avoid the location of the explosion and go about their normal businesses. He also said that security agencies have been fully mobilized to the scene of the incident and are handling the situation.
Emergency services have also been deployed to ensure that the injured are attended to immediately.
Omeri further said that every step is being taken by the government to check the activities of insurgents in the country and advised Nigerians to remain vigilant and conscious of movement of unidentified people around their areas.
“He expressed the sympathy of the Federal Government to the families of those that lost their lives just as he wished the injured speedy recovery”.