Explosion Rocks Yenagoa

2010-05-04
THISDAY Newspaper- Segun James

About two months after deadly bomb devices placed inside vehicles rocked the oil city of Warri in Delta State, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, was on Sunday night hit by a similar device as explosive placed in a car ripped through the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) road in Kpansia area of the city.


The area is a few hundred metres away from a hotel belonging to the state Deputy Governor Peremobowei Ebebi.
The explosive device was placed inside a car, Mazda 626, with Rivers State plate number AS 394 DBU, which ran into a mechanic workshop before it exploded.
Security sources said the explosion recorded no casualty but a Mercedes Benz car parked in the mechanic workshop was destroyed.


The identity of the owner of the car was yet to be established by last night and no group or individual has claimed responsibility for the explosion.
Men of the Police Anti-Bomb Disposal Unit are said to be combing the area for more clues as to who could be responsible for the incident.
THISDAY checks, however, revealed that the situation might not be unconnected with the brewing political crisis in the state.
The state has for sometime been bedevilled by political crisis that has pitched Governor Timipre Sylva against forces bent on wresting powers from him in 2012.


There has been no love lost between Sylva and Ebebi.
Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Onuoha Uka Udeka, who confirmed the explosion in an interview in his office, described the incident as unacceptable.
Udeka said the blast occurred around 8.30 pm and that no arrest has been made.
He said the police would do all it can to bring the perpetrators of the act to book.
Udeka disclosed that the anti-squad unit had recovered four unexploded dynamites and jerry cans of petrol bombs from the scene of the explosion.


“What is the problem? Why are these people trying to be funny? That vehicle does not have a mechanical fault. That car was driven to the place before the explosive was detonated. We have recovered four unexploded dynamites and two jerry cans of petrol. “Our anti-bomb squad is already there and is combing the place. We also are asking for reinforcement from Port Harcourt. Bayelsa is not at war and people should be careful. People should not destabilise this state. They should not give people and the Federal Government the impression that Bayelsa is not safe. I promised that anybody that is behind this incident would be dealt with,” he said.


The Acting Commissioner for Information, Orientation and Strategy, Nathan Egba, has, however, called on Bayelsans to be extra vigilant and report all suspicious activities to security agencies.
Egba said government had received reports that some politicians opposed to Sylva’s administration had perfected plans to cause havoc in the state.
Two bombs were detonated some 200 metres away from Government House Annex, Warri on March 15 as governors, elders, leaders and stakeholders of the Niger-Delta converged on the city for a post-amnesty conference organized by Vanguard Newspaper.


The event had just started with a welcome address by the Chairman of the occasion, former Chief of Defence Staff General Andrew Owei Azazi (rtd), and Publisher of Vanguard Media Limited, Mr. Sam Amuka Pemu, was explaining the reason for the Vanguard initiative when the first bomb was detonated.
The second bomb reportedly planted inside a car across the road on Effurun-Nigeria Ports Authority Expressway near the Government House, Warri also exploded 30 minutes later, forcing the stakeholders to leave the hall.


Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) had claimed responsibility for the explosions and in fact sent out electronic mail statements to journalists and newspaper houses before the bombs were detonated.


 

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