While Nigerians are still trying to get over the bomb blast that happened recently in Maiduguri, another one has struck in Benin City, Edo State. The incident happened on Tuesday 2nd February, at about 3pm around Zomi Zomi street, in Upper Sakpoba Road, Benin. Rumour has it that the dreaded Boko Haram sector may have been responsible for the blast.
According to reports, the bomb went off in a bungalow that used to be the hideout of kidnappers. An anonymous police source said residents of the area were shocked at the sudden outburst which destroyed five houses. The residents on site took to their heels, attracting the attention of the police.
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We learnt that the bungalow where the bomb was detonated was being used as a hide out by kidnappers some months ago. But a combined unit of soldiers and the police invaded the house and arrested the suspects. Said the police.
So recently, somebody hired the building and just this afternoon, decided to burn some papers in the compound. He set the papers on fire and went out to buy something. But immediately he left the bomb exploded. He never knew that the kidnappers left some bombs in the house
As the time of filling this report, Bomb Disposal experts from the Edo State Police Command have cordoned off the building and are trying to find out if there are more explosives in the building.
Vanguard gathered that the man who resided in the building, named Emeka, was taken away by the police, as he was the cause of the explosion. However, the Nigerian Army advise Nigerians to be on the alert and to be cautious as terrorists are becoming more creative about ways to attack without suspicion. Some now hide bombs in vegetables and fruits; walking about freely with trucks and wheel barrows like sales men, but on the inside, are the very ones the country dreads.