Over one year after the Madalla Bomb blast in Suleja, donations to the victims of the blast are beginning to be shrouded in controversy as persons whose properties were destroyed allege neglect.
LEADERSHIP investigation revealed that no fewer than 31 persons whose
properties were affected by the blast have been pressurising the Niger
State government to release the N25 million donated by the Central Bank
of Nigeria (CBN) to assist them.
It was gathered that they were alleging that most of the donations
went completely to the St Theresa‘s Catholic Church whereas some of them
lost properties as the church.
Consequently, a human right organisation, Conscience Search
Association (CSA) has petitioned Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu not to
release the CBN donation to the church but consider them who lost their
The petition dated January 17 and received at Government House on
January 20, with serial number SA/HRO/NG/A10/CS/NG/113 a copy obtained
by our correspondent read in part “in fact their complain to this office
specifically point at the N25 million donated by the Governor of
Central Bank of Nigeria Sanusi Lamido Sanusi for all the Victims not
only the church”
The human right group apparently speaking for the 31 other victims
whose property were lost stated in the petition that “Apart from Niger
state government, the Federal government, a Governor from south- south
, many National and international bodies, prominent individuals and
groups donated items and cash towards rehabilitating of all affected
The petition signed by one Evangelist Mfon Udo, therefore, wondered
why all the donations were received by the church and other victims
neglected and added “all the church members that lost their lives,
those who were injured and even the church building have already being
The petitioners, therefore, requested the state government not to
release the N25 million to the but to other victims who also lost
properties in the incident.