A police officer, known as Idi Aminu, has been killed by an explosive device suspected to be a hand grenade in Afikpo town, Ebonyi State on Tuesday.
Idi Aminu, who is attached to the 32 Police Mobile Force based in Afikpo Police Division, Ebonyi State, was killed by the explosive device which was officially attached to him.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Ebonyi State Police Command, DSP Lovett Odah, a Deputy Superintendent of Police, who swiftly reacted to the incident, explained that the device which was in the possession of the officer, exploded and killed him.
According to her, the rumours in some quarters that there was bomb explosion in Afikpo town of Ebonyio State was false, pointing out that the rumour was the handiwork of mischief makers.
“They want to throw the public into unnecessary panic and tension, but I’m happy that they have failed”, she added..
Despite her assurances, many residents of Afikpo town were thrown into apprehension and fear as shops, banks and other public places temporarily closed as a result of the bang.
In Afikpo, our Reporter was told that the Mopol may have mishandled the explosive device, leading to its explosion and his eventual death.
It was gathered that the incident occurred near the Eke Market which is situated beside a primary school. An eyewitness told our Reporter that had it not been for divine intervention, the casualty figure would have been high if the explosion had occurred either near the school or beside the market.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.