According to Punch,�One of the�football�lovers at the centre, Muhammed Ibrahim, said over 400 youths were watching the match when the incident happened.
�The viewing centre is large. Television sets were placed at various points and it was crowded and�in fact, over 400 of us would have been killed had the bomber succeeded,”
Another witness, Alhaji�Garba�Ahmad, who said he lost his senior brother, Bello, in the blast, said the bomber had first attempted to enter the viewing centre but was prevented by a barricade erected along the road….He continued..
�He then turned back and tried to enter through a garage, but also encountered a wall between the centre and the garage,”
He added that in frustration, the bomber packed the car, a�Honda Odyssey, in front of a house.
�When we saw the car, unusually packed in front of�our house, my brother challenged him. He told my brother that his car had a fault and wanted to repair it. My brother then asked him to take the car away. Sensing something�unusual�I went inside and asked all the members of our family to leave the house. Just as my brother was persuading the man to leave our premises, he (the bomber) entered the car and immediately he started it. It exploded and killed my brother, his son and his friend.”
It was also gathered that the bomber had gone to the viewing centre earlier in the day.
An official of the National Emergency Management Agency, Mr. Mohammed Suleiman, told our correspondent that the agency received a distress call at about 9 pm on Saturday and immediately rushed to the scene to carry out a search and rescue operation. He said that three people died on the spot, while the body of the fourth person was discovered on Sunday morning.
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