BOMB SCARE IN EDO STATE
Just a few days after a bomb was discovered planted at the Edo State House of Assembly, another was found yesterday at the state’s Broadcasting Service.
Addressing journalists in Ikeja Lagos, the Commissioner of Police, in charge of the Bomb Disposal Unit, Mr. Chris Olakpe revealed that the Unit had rendered safe objects suspected to be bombs at the Edo State Broadcasting Service.
According to him, the bomb was discovered at about 11 a.m. by sweepers attached to the Broadcasting Station.
His words: ‘Following a tip-off, the police anti-bomb command unit in Edo State, led by Deputy Superintendent of police, Mr. Taiwo Akingbehin raced to the scene and was able to locate the objects placed under a Cashew tree about five metres apart at the back of FM studio room. Objects were discovered by cleaners who were sweeping the Radio Station premises.’
Olakpe explained that Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) tests were conducted on the objects, which read positive, indicating the presence of explosives. He revealed that the bombs were discovered to be Improvised Explosive Devices(IED), each composed of one length of high explosives with inscription super, ‘90’ one detonating cap and safety fuse constructed and programmed to detonate when ignited through the connected safety fuse. The EOD command unit in Edo State successfully rendered the bomb safe. The Unit had gone further to scan the area for recovery of other objects.
Fielding questions from journalists who felt their colleagues were being targeted, the police boss said: ‘Broadcasting Stations are safe. It’s just that bomb now is a phenomenon going on all over the globe, which is why all hands must be on deck, especially in giving information to the anti-bomb Unit. We however know that the said Broadcast Station was the target of this bomb. Just because of it’s information disseminating Unit, but if they destroy it, they would have damaged Nigeria image.’
Olakpe said that he believed that with the onslaught against bombers and terrorism, it was only a matter of time before Nigeria would be de-listed from the terrorist watch list.
By Juliana Francis and Cajetan Mmuta