Police detonate bomb dropped in Ugbawka Enugu community by unknown person

By AdvocateNews on 27/02/2020

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Anti Bomb Squad of the Enugu State Police Command has detonated an explosive device suspected to be a bomb in Ovuorie Ugbawka community in Nkanu East Local Government Area.

The device, dropped within the premises of a Catholic church, was discovered by a member of the community following suspicious movement by yet to be identified persons in the early hours of Monday.

Ugbawaka is an agrarian community in Nkanu East Local Government Area of Enugu State, known for cultivation of rice.

Members of the community were suddenly woken up around one o’clock in the morning when a former Chief Security Officer of Ovuorie Ugbawka Neighborhood Watch Group, Mr. Okwudilichukwu Nweze, raised an alarm upon discovery of an explosive device after observing suspicious movement.

According to Mr. Nweze, he observed unusual flashes of torch light moving in a straight line in a farm land near his compound but the light went off some minutes later.

“I went out after some time only to see a man standing near the culvert by the stream. He was holding a stick on his shoulder like the cattle rearers (breeders). So when I greeted in Igbo, he did not respond and I thought perhaps he didn’t understand my dialect but I greeted again in English but he didn’t respond again.

“So at that time I walked past him and I began to call relevant authorities, including the vigilantes on duty that night that I saw some strange movements within the school and the Catholic Church which were close to my house. So as we kept searching and I saw something that looked like an explosive device. But since we did not know what it was we called in more people and some of them said it could be a bomb and everybody ran away.

“We kept watching the device until in the morning when the police came and handled it,” Mr. Nweze narrated.

The Parish Preist of St. James De Greater Catholic Church Ugbawaka, the Reverend Father John Chikodili Nworie, who was among the stakeholders contacted at the time of the discovery, said he had earlier dismissed the suspicion of an explosive device until he saw object clearly later in the morning.

“When I came out in the night I dismissed the story that it was an explosive even after seeing the object, using my torch light. But this morning I went there and I discovered that the suspected item had some clips at the tail showing it could be an explosive but before then the DCO from Amagunze came and then said this thing is a bomb,” the priest stated.

In an interview, the Transition Committee Chairman, Nkanu East Local Government Area, Mr. Sidney Okechukwu Edeh, commended the police and other sister security agencies for quick response to distress calls put to them.

“When I got the distress calls, I called the Area Commander, DSS, the DPO of Amagunze who now called the CID people who are bomb detonators.

“We went to the site and saw it was a live bomb but thanks to God it was detonated. So I am grateful to the Police and the Enugu State Government for maintaining the vigilance group and creating security awareness among the locals. If not, they wouldn’t go out that night looking for the strange persons, which led to the discovery of the explosive device,” the Transition Committee Chairman said.

Efforts to get the reaction of the Police Public Relation Officer in Enugu State, Mr. Daniel Ndukwe Ekea, to the development failed as he did not answer phone calls nor respond to text message sent to him.

He was also said to be in a meeting when the reporter  visited his office. (Radio Nigeria)

Posted 27/02/2020 06:14:12 AM

 

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