Posted By: Amour Udemude
Pandemonium broke out yesterday as residents of Bright Ndubuisi Street, GRA, Asaba, Delta State, scampered for safety as a strange object suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, was found at the entrance to the home of Manager, Gas Production and Flare Monitoring, Department of Petroleum Resource, DPR, identified as Mr. Anthony Konwea.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the strange object was discovered at about 6:30pm in the shape of a parcel wrapped with a blue-stripped men’s tie and some electrical connections and battery terminations.
Residents of the area told our correspondent that they were so shocked and scared following the discovery of the strange package with everyone running for his life and keeping a safe distance until the police came to detonate it.
Briefing our correspondent on how the strange object was discovered, Mr. Konwea, who is yet to recover from the shock, wondered what could have been responsible for the action, saying that at first glance the object looked ordinary but very suspicious because of the manner it was parceled.
“I was shocked; I did not expect that an IED will be planted anywhere near me, pollet alone in my country home. It was very shocking. I have no idea of what could be responsible for this. I came to Asaba on Friday so that I will attend my daughter’s graduation ceremony the following day (Saturday) in Benin. We left for the ceremony on Saturday morning and it went well. We came back at about 6.30pm and noticed the strange package at the entrance of my residence.
“So, I cautioned my boys not to go close because a closer look revealed that it has some electrical connections and battery terminations. We refrained from touching it and decided to go to the nearby police station which is the GRA police station. The DCO and a female officer came with us and said they suspected the strange object to be an IED. I quickly put up a call to the public relations officer, PRO, of the state police command who sent men from the anti-bomb unit. They came, inspected it and confirmed that it was an IED. They detonated it thereafter, and we heard a loud sound which was some kind of confirmation that it was actually and explosive or a bomb.
“After the explosion, there were sharp nails, spoons, padlock and keys, a paper containing list of about five names, a complimentary card and a host of other things at the spot that we can’t identify which the police took away” Mr. Konwea narrated.
However, when contacted, the state police PRO, DSP Celestina Kalu, denied the claim that the object was an IED, describing it as an ordinary strange object tied in a black polythene bag.
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