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Thursday, 8 May 2014

'I Died the Day My Only Child Died' - Mother of Nyanya Bomb Blast Victim

How do you console a woman who lost her only child? After struggling to train her child through school, he ends up dead in the hands wicked men who have lost their conscience. Madam Grace Omokoro Joe lost her only child in the attack that killed several people at Nyanya, Abuja a few weeks ago. Narrating her horrible experience, the woman whose husband is also late said that on the fateful day, her Son, Joel Olukayode, a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna was to resume his first temporary job in Abuja town.

She said, "on the fateful morning, we had our morning devotion and I asked my Son to take at least a cup of tea, but he said he was okay, and I gave him my blessing. After 10-15 minutes that he left, the blast went off. I went outside to check if he was still there, but I didn’t see him, so I quickly ran to the park, and on getting there, I saw my Son on the ground, dead. That was the last thing I could remember. He was my only child” and I guess, I died momentarily with him, I died the second time but God says there is still time. She spoke at a protest staged by the Nigerian Women in Clergy on Friday, under the leadership of Prophetess Nonie Roberson

Also narrating how they have been coping with the trauma of the blast, Mr. Balogun, brother to the bereaved woman said it was not easy going from one Mortuary to the other, checking all dead bodies of the victims of the blast before they could identify the body of the late Juel Olukayode, a 29 year old graduate of Chemical Engineering. He said “When she fainted, the body was taken away. So, when she was revived, we had to go to almost all hospitals in Abuja where bodies were deposited, looking for Joel’s body, before we finally got it. The trauma of looking at almost all dead bodies deposited in various hospitals can better be imagined.” Balogun said.

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