The Bauchi State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) on Sunday stated that the death toll in last Monday’s bomb explosion at the Central Market in the state capital had risen to 19.
The agency further stated that property worth N240million were destroyed, part of which were 130 shops that were razed by the inferno that followed the explosion.
Giving the information to journalists, the Chairman, Emergency Committee of the agency, Alhaji Inuwa Bello, stated that the figures were arrived at following an assessment carried out by the agency.
Meanwhile, donations are pouring in for the traders of the market towards the reconstruction of the razed market, the biggest in the state.
The state governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, at the weekend announced a personal donation of five trailers of cement for the reconstruction of the destroyed market, while the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate in the forthcoming February 2015 general election made a donation of N30million.
His All Progressives Congress (APC) counterpart, Alhaji Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar, made a donation of N1million, while the party’s senatorial candidate for Bauchi South, Ali Wakili, also donated N1million.
The Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Senator Bala Mohammed, who led a federal government delegation yesterday, also announced a donation of N20million, which he said he made on behalf of himself and his friends.
He, however, added that as soon as the state government put modalities in place for the reconstruction of the market, he would mobilise more funds from his friends and associates to facilitate for its quick reconstruction.