Bomb Scare at As­aba End of Niger Bridge

THISDAY - - NEWS - Omon-Julius Onabu in As­aba

Re­ported dis­cov­ery of al­leged im­pro­vised ex­plo­sive de­vice (IED) around the As­aba end of the River Niger Bridge cre­ated anx­ious mo­ments on Fri­day by res­i­dents of As­aba and trav­el­ers us­ing the all-im­por­tant bridge.

THIS­DAY learnt that work­ers who were dig­ging a foun­da­tion for the perime­ter fenc­ing of the ‘C’ Divi­sional Po­lice Sta­tion of the Delta State Po­lice Com­mand al­legedly made the dis­cov­ery of the sus­pected ex­plo­sive de­vice or lo­cally made bomb.

The work­ers and peo­ple in nearby ar­eas were said to have aban­doned their work and de­serted the neigh­bour­hood for fear of their lives.

Divi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO) of the state, CSP Ani­etie Eyoh, when con­tacted would how­ever not com­ment on the re­ported strange dis­cov­ery but sim­ply as­sured his men re­mained com­mit­ted to their statu­tory duty of pro­tect­ing lives and prop­erty of cit­i­zens in­clud­ing po­lice­men.

The Delta State Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr. An­thony Og­bizi Michael, as­sured res­i­dents of As­aba and oth­ers that there was no cause for alarm, say­ing that the Bomb Dis­posal Unit of the com­mand had al­ready evac­u­ated the sus­pi­cious de­vice for proper anal­y­sis.

The po­lice com­mis­sioner, how­ever, noted that the sus­pi­cious ob­ject was found to be no longer ac­tive but im­po­tent af­ter due anal­y­sis by the bomb dis­posal unit.

Ac­cord­ing to Og­bizi, “The bomb was dis­cov­ered by the peo­ple dig­ging the foun­da­tion, and our men from the bomb dis­posal unit evac­u­ated it for anal­y­sis. But we dis­cov­ered that the ob­ject is no longer ac­tive. It is there­fore im­po­tent and no threat to lives or prop­erty.

“So, we are just go­ing to de­stroy it. I ap­peal to be peo­ple in the area to re­main calm. Also, mo­torists ply­ing the River Niger Bridge should have no cause for alarm as our men at alert to de­tect any at­tempt to de­stroy the bridge.”

It could not, how­ever, be as­cer­tained the source of the “im­po­tent bomb” or whether it is an un­ex­ploded or­di­nance aban­doned or buried dur­ing the Bi­afran- Nige­rian Civil War from 1967 to 1970, at which time As­aba wit­nessed much hos­til­i­ties be­tween the Nige­rian and Bi­afran f o rc e s .

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