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Another bomb scare in Owerri By Ifeoma Ofurum

Bomb disposal experts of the Imo State Police Command have again carted away items suspected to be improvised explosive devices (IED) in Owerri, this time from the centrally located St. Mulumba’s Catholic Church on Wethedral Road.

It is the second time the residents of the Imo State capital city would be experiencing a bomb scare since the beginning of the Boko Haram insurgency, the destruction of worship places and killing of mainly Christians by the Islamic Sect.

The first happened at Winners’ Chapel, located on Port Harcourt Road.

A security guard said that his colleague had discovered the strange object covered with a concrete slab at a corner near the Assumpta Pastoral Centre, also within the church premises, when he had gone to urinate around a flower hedge.

The police were immediately alerted and they promptly arrived to remove the device.

When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Andrew Enwerem, confirmed that they had received a distress call and that the bomb disposal unit arrived at the scene immediately.

He said that the items were still being analyzed to ascertain whether they were explosive devices or not while investigations progress.

A priest in the church who confirmed the incident declined comments and referred the reporter to the police and security men who discovered the devices.

In another development, the Police have launched investigations into a case involving a man who slumped and died in a scuffle at Mgbidi, Oru-West local government area.

The scuffle ensued when there was a heated argument between two men, one alleging that the other damaged his motorcycle and subsequently demanded its repairs.

Reports said that the accused denied damaging the motorcycle and as they began to fight the father of the accuser who was at the scene to make peace was pushed down and he died.

PPRO Enwerem confirmed the death of the man, stating that the police have calmed down the tense situation in the family and are making further investigations.

 

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