The death toll in the twin explosions at the Jos Terminus Market on Tuesday afternoon has risen to 75, according to Police Commissioner Chris Olakpe.
“I have directed the police medical officer to go round the hospitals and that is the figure he has confirmed so far,’’ Olakpe told the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday at the scene of the explosions.
He said 44 bodies were at the Plateau Specialists Hospital, 25 at the Jos University Teaching Hospital, while the rest were deposited at the Bingham University and Yellow hospitals.
The position of the police commissioner contrasts sharply with the figure provided by the emergency management agencies which put the death toll at 118 as of Tuesday.
Olakpe had initially said 46 persons died in the twin explosions on Tuesday.
The police boss added, however, that the figures could rise as the security agencies had intensified the search for more casualties around the vicinities of the Terminus Market.
He said no one would be allowed around the market area as it had been cordoned off.
“I have asked my personnel to chase away anyone found around the vicinities because anti-bomb experts are combing everywhere. It is after such exercise that we shall decide whether it is safe to visit the market”, he said.
NAN reports that the two explosions hit the market around 3pm on Tuesday with the second going off after an interval of 14 minutes.