5 September 2012

Nigeria: Bomb Scare in Delta Govt House

Photo: Manoocher Deghati/IRIN
Cluster bombs.

Asaba — There was bomb scare at Delta Sate Government House in Asaba yesterday following discovery of a device alleged to be an explosive at the entrance to office of Head of Service, a situation that made scores of workers to flee for their dear lives.

The time bomb, according to sources, was found at the cabinet office at the early hours of yesterday by the workers when they were about to report to work.

The device, which was planted by known persons, caused fear and panic among workers who refused to resume work until after anti-bomb squad team came to detonate the time bomb. The device was wrapped in a red and white cellophane with a bullet and wristwatch connected with some wire waiting for explosion.

The scene was very close to the state police headquarters which made it easy for the anti bomb experts to immediately wade in to remove the device for detonation.

The pandemonium drew the attention of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan whose office is a stone throw from the scene to see things for himself.The place was later condoned off.

Reacting after the police anti-bomb experts had detonated the bomb, Governor Uduaghan said "from information given by the anti-bomb experts, there was no way this would have exploded because there is no explosive device inside; so it is neither a bomb nor explosive."

"Somebody just put something together so that people will see it and get scared. The wrist watch was not connected to any power source. They just tied it and kept it there, it is just on its own not connected to anything"

"The device is just put together like a Juju house. It is like some fetish behavior, we need to explain this so that people are not unnecessary scared, people are not worrying that bombing has come to Asaba. There is no bombing in Asaba and by the grace of God, it will not come close to Asaba or any part of Delta", he said.

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