UPDATED: Many injured as explosion rocks Port Harcourt market

By AdvocateNews on 31/05/2021

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• Police confirm  blast

An explosion has rocked parts of mile 3 market in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area, Rivers State.

The incident, which occurred around 6:30am on Monday, sent people especially at Mile 3 motor park running to different places for safety.

Though no life was lost, many people were reportedly injured.

A source within the market said the explosion caused panic in the area.

Spokesman of the Rivers Police Command, SP. Nnamdi Omoni, later confirmed the explosion in a statement saying no casualty was recorded in the attack on the market.

He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Eboka Friday, had ordered the command’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit to sweep the market.

“The command confirms that locally fabricated dynamite exploded when one Mrs Ifemia Aloke, popularly known as ‘Mama Joy’ opened her fish shop on Monday morning.

“The explosion inflicted injuries on her son and one other young lady.

“Those injured are currently receiving medical attention while no life was lost in the incident.

“The EOD unit was immediately dispatched to the scene to sweep and render the market safe,” Omoni stated.

The police spokesman said that normal trading activities had since resumed after the police special team certified the market safe.

He said that a full-scale investigation had been launched to ascertain the cause of the explosion and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“CP Friday reassures the people that the state is calm and urges them to go about their lawful activities uninterrupted and without fear of molestation,” he assured the residents.(NAN)

Posted 31/05/2021 12:13:27 PM

 

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