Explosive Device Kills Policeman in Ebonyi
By Benjamin Nworie
A police officer, Idi Aminu, member of 32 PMF attached to Afikpo police Division in Ebonyi State has been killed by an explosive device suspected to be hand grenade.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebonyi state police command, DSP Loveth Odah explained that the police officer mistakenly hit the device and it exploded and killed him.
She stressed that there was no bomb explosion in Ebonyi state, adding that the incident was an accident and that the public should not be thrown into unnecessary panic.
However, the residents of Afikpo in Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi state are confused and panicking
Chief Jasper Okoro, a retired veteran journalist and President General in the Afikpo community, told news men that a number of residents of the area suspected that it was a bomb explosion.
He said the explosion was near their Eke Market and a primary school of which the casualty figure could have been more if the bearer of the explosive had reached the market or school.
Meanwhile, Ebonyi state Governor, Engr David Umahi also confirmed that the device was a grenade of a security personnel and not a bomb as being speculated.
The governor who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze said: “The above news is in sharp contrast to the reality as the incident was a grenade of a security personnel carrying out his duties at the said location that accidentally exploded. A similar incident equally occurred in front of the Ebonyi State Old Government House as some mobile police officers were servicing their APC machine. The first incident took the life of a passerby while the second caused injuries on the affected person, who has been taken to the hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment”.
“The general public is, therefore, charged to disregard the fake news as it is the handiwork of enemies of the state who are bent on causing panic where none exists”.
“Furthermore, Ebonyians and residents of Ebonyi State are reminded that generating and spreading of fake news aimed at causing panic in the state is actionable”.