Another bomb scare in Owerri

By Ifeoma Ofurum        

Imo Police command, last week, detonated two suspected improvised explosive devices (IED) within the Owerri metropolis.

Speaking with Christian Voice, the Police Public Relations officer (PPRO) in the state, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Andrew Enwerem, said that the men of the state command had earlier foiled an attempt by some individuals to bomb the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) office along Port Harcourt road in the state capital.

He said that they rose to the occasion, after getting an intelligence report of the plan, by deploying men of the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) who intervened and defused the suspected elements.

In a related development, another bomb scare rocked Owerri within two days as IEDs were discovered at the premises of Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA) by some workers.

The bomb scare, which forced many workers in OCDA and the Imo State secretariat to flee for dear life, caused some injuries on the workers as a result of the stampede that followed the news.

One of the victims who spoke to our reporter said he dislocated his hand while rushing out of his office immediately the IEDs were discovered around the compound.

Also in Imo State secretariat, offices were closed and workers deserted the area for fear of an explosion.

When contacted, the PPRO, DSP Andrew Enwerem, said the command got intelligence report that some unidentified items were found under a palm tree, in front of OCDA office along Port Harcourt road, Owerri.

Consequently, he sent some officers to the scene and they defused the IEDs.

He urged the general public to report promptly to the police any suspected object to the nearest police station and not to try to remove or set it on fire.

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