Fear gripped residents of the Upper Sakponoba area of Benin, Edo state yesterday when an explosion destroyed about five residential buildings in the area.
The explosion said to occur around 3PM rocked buildings on Zomi-Zomi Street in Upper Sakponoba. Although no lives were lost, many believed the attack to have come from the dreaded terrorist sect, Boko Haram.
However, according to Vanguard, a police source at the scene said: “We learned that the bungalow where the bomb detonated was being used as a hide out for kidnappers some months ago. But a combined unit of soldiers and police invaded the place and arrested the suspects.
“So recently, somebody hired the building and just this afternoon, decided to burn refuse in the compound. He set the refuse on fire and went out to buy something.
“Immediately he left, the bomb exploded. He was not aware that the kidnappers, who once used the house, had left some bombs behind.”
Confirming the incidence, Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Stanley Osifo said it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) that went off.
He explained that the occupants of the building, where the IED went off, had been taken in for further questioning adding that the police have commenced profiling of the residents of the area.
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