The Enugu State Command of the Nigerian Police has vowed to unmask those behind the minor explosion at the Ukehe residence of Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
According to a statement by Ebere Amaraizu, the spokesman of the command, the Commissioner of Police disclosed this on Sunday when he led some of his key officers to the scene of the minor explosion at the country home of Chief Nnia Nwodo at Ukehe in Igboetiti Local Government Area of Enugu state.
Amaraizu stated: “According to Danmallam, those behind this are enemies of progress and we have to fish them out. We thank God that there is no loss of life no major destruction. We have to be more vigilant and security conscious and be able to partner with security agencies to ensure that there is no repeat of such an incident.
“He however assured residence of the area about provision of security in the area and to fish out the perpetrator(s). On his part, Chief Nnia Nwodo who met the commissioner of police already at the scene, commended the Commissioner of Police and the efforts of the command as well as his prompt arrival to the scene in order to have on the spot assessment of the incident.
Amaraizu confirmed that the explosion caused minor impacts on the two windows of one of the buildings by the entrance of the gate and very close to the fence, adding that the perpetrator who may not have had access through the entrance gate, may have thrown the object through the fence and it landed on the ground near the windows and exploded and gave some impacts.
He said the operatives of the Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) of the state command has already moved into the scene where they have collected some of the samples from the debris of the explosion for proper analysis and classification.
“Meanwhile, the area was rendered safe by the EOD operatives just as the Commissioner of Police has directed the Area commander Udenu to beef up security and surveillance within the axis” Amaraizu said.
It was gathered that unknown persons threw an Improvised Explosive Device into the house of the elder statesman from outside his compound.
The explosion was said to have destroyed part of one of the buildings, tearing the ceiling apart and shattering the windows.
The explosion also created a very deep crater in Nwodo’s compound.
No loss of lives was however reported during the incident.
The identity of those behind the explosion was unknown, but the Ohanaeze leader has been in a running battle with the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).
Nwodo confirmed the explosion at his country-home in a statement by his Media Adviser, Emeka Attamah.
According to the statement, a bomb explosion took place today, Sunday, 29th April 2018, in the country home of the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.
Attamah stated further: “A cursory look by the Police Bomb Disposal Unit suggested it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that was hurled over the fence into the compound causing extensive damage to the windows, the ceiling of one of the house in the compound and an air-conditioning unit.”
He said the Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, accompanied by the Area Commander for Nsukka Police Command and the Divisional Police Officer for Igbo Etiti LGA, were there to inspect the scene of the Bomb blast which created a crater in the compound.
Addressing the people who tripped to Chief Nwodo’s home, the Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed enjoined them to always be vigilant and to report any strange faces to security operatives.
Danmallam described Enugu State as very peaceful, wondered why some miscreants would be after the life of Chief Nwodo who he said is only serving his people.
The police boss added that what happened was a sign for the need for greater security around him.
The Commissioner ordered that security be beefed up in and around Chief Nwodo’s compound and promised that the perpetrators would soon be identified and brought to justice.
Earlier, the Commander of the Bomb Disposal Unit, DSP John Aniche, had briefed the Commissioner and Chief Nwodo on the items they collected from the scene including batteries, pellets and other materials used in preparing the IED and said that they would be carefully scrutinised and analysed.
Welcoming the Commissioner to his home, Chief Nwodo expressed surprise that anybody would be after his life but added that the incidence would not deter him from leading his people.
He thanked the Commissioner for his prompt response to the incident.
In his speech, the traditional ruler of Umudele in U kehe, Igwe Lawrence Aroh, thanked God for saving the life of the President General.
Igwe Aroh wondered why some bad elements would constitute danger to others in a country bountifully endowed by nature.
He assured the Commissioner that the people would be extra vigilant and that any such attempt in the future would be nipped in the bud.
The Enugu State Director of Department of State Security (DSS), Mrs E A Likiyon, also came to see the scene of the explosion.