Dec 29, 2011 – 4 days after the Christmas day bomb blast at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church Madalla, Niger State, residents are yet to return.
Most houses and shops around the church were still deserted yesterday.
The Nation gathered that many residents moved out their homes to safety in neighbouring towns of Suleja, Zuba and Abuja. naijagists.com
It was also learnt that military presence and the cordoning off of the area by security operatives may have further informed the decision to stay away.
Some of the residents attributed their action to the structural defect inflicted on their buildings by the impact of the blast.
‘’Though the military presence has greatly restricted movement in this area, I had to move out my family because my house is structurally defective. It will be risky to put my family in this house that can colapse anytime. The blast has weakened my house,’’ Mr. Ifeanyin Chukwuma said.
Another resident, Mrs. Chinyere Iheme, said she relocated her family because of the destruction of the family house.
‘’My husband is not around. I have moved my children away since Sunday and I don’t intend to come back because no room in this house was spared from the impact of the bomb,’’ Iheme said.
The few male residents found in their houses said they have relocated with their families but were still hanging around to protect their property from being looted.
‘’The few of us you see around have to stay to watch over our property and protect all we have laboured for from being stolen,’’ Ike Njoku said.