Don’t link Owerri Church bomb to Boko Haram yet – Police

Police detonated two bombs at Winners Chapel, Port Harcourt Road, Owerri.... Photo Credit: Onumara Onyekachi

A bomb blast was averted in a church in Owerri, Imo States.

The police on Monday said it has started investigation into Sunday’s foiled explosion at a Church in Owerri. It also advised the public not to link the bomb to any established terror group yet.

The Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, made the disclosure at a joint news conference organised by the National Information Centre, Abuja.

Mr. Mba, however, advised members of the public not to hurriedly link the incident to terrorism.

“The media and the citizens should not be in a hurry to link the Owerri incident to established terror cell until the full identity of those behind it are known to security forces.

“Until the motives are established, I think it will be pre-emptive for us to give it the toga of terrorism.

“It could be anything, for us in the security world, we live all options open, we are ready to test all hypothesis,’’ Mr. Mba said.

Many Nigerians have blamed the discovered bomb on the Boko Haram, the terror group that has caused the death of thousands of people in Northern Nigeria since its insurgency began in 2009.

The Deputy Director, Public Relations, Department of State Services, DSS, Marilyn Ogar, also stressed the need for Nigerians to be vigilant.

Ms. Ogar said no piece of information should be taken for granted, assuring that security forces had been placed on red alert nationwide to forestall any eventuality.
“Security forces are on red alert throughout Nigeria not just in the North-East, North-West or Abuja, but everybody has been placed on red alert,’’ Ms. Ogar said.

Earlier, the Coordinator of the centre, Mike Omeri, had said a call by a Nigerian to DSS security numbers led to the detonation of the explosive device.

Mr. Omeri said the Improvised Explosive Devices, IEDs, planted at the Church by unknown persons were timed to explode at the beginning of the church’s service.

“The quick response by security forces in foiling the explosion must be attributed to timely intelligence report,’’ he said.

(NAN)


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  • Danladee

    Knowing how churches in Nigeria employ private security guards at their premises 24 hours, I can imagine anybody entering the inner chamber of a church or outside of it and plant explosives without being seen. Some people are using this insurgency to cause havoc on innocent people; and profile some targetted people, as has happen in Abia State where over forty Northerners are under arrest and are alleged to be insurgents, while going to the South East for menial jobs as they always do. Our securities should please investigate this thoroughly.

  • Danladee

    Knowing how churches in Nigeria employ private security guards at their premises 24 hours, I can imagine anybody entering the inner chamber of a church or outside of it and plant explosives without being seen. Some people are using this insurgency to cause havoc on innocent people; and profile some targetted people, as has happen in Abia State where over forty Northerners are under arrest and are alleged to be insurgents, while going to the South East for menial jobs as they always do. Our securities should please investigate this thoroughly.

    • tsunami1earthquake

      Don’t even mention about a convoy of people from the North going to the Southeast for menial jobs! What type of menial jobs are they looking for? The fluid answer that they are looking for menial jobs is all the more very suspicious; and indeed these people are just agents of the devil.

      • Yusuf Ismaila

        Please execute all of them in the name of book haram. but those who were caught in the church in Imo should be made known to Nigerians. Nigerian Muslims are been vilified for anything related to atrocities and sometimes some of you guys get confuse and tag it APC. I don’t if by that Oyegun is a Muslim. Hausa Fulani are the target but the same group are the unifying factor of this great country called Nigeria. Tsunami and co continue with your machinations on the north and the northerners. But time shall tell and those who are behind all these name callings will be put to shame as Hausa Fulani would come out of it stronger. In 1966 Ironsi (RIP) imposed unitary government on the northerners and through the resilient nature of the northerners we grew stronger in it. So what ever the situation northerners will still wax stronger by God Grace.

        • tsunami1earthquake

          Yes, Northerners will wax stronger by killing other Nigerians! Yes, Northerners will wax stronger by planting bombs and killing people in their churches! Yes the Northerners, you said, waxed stronger by killing Ironsi! And where are those Northerners today who killed Ironsi? In the first place Ironsi did not take part in that 1966 military coup, yet Northerners turned around and killed him! That was sound reasoning from the Northerners! As long as the Northerners continue to analyze events wrongly and continue to take false and wrong action they can never wax any stronger. Take that as a parting and good piece of advice.

    • Nwa Aba #Lets Break Up Now

      no need of private security guards in south eastern churches as we are not boko haram people
      Now Alhaji Rochas have imported suicide bombers to terrorise our people
      we will deal with them in our own way

  • Okey

    Is Imo State not APC governed state ?

  • Citizen

    The boko haram and their sponsors should know that Nigerians are angry. Every where is tense because of activities of the sect. Innocent person can easily be killed if he or she is suspected to be member of boko haram in any part of the country now. Everyone is now a suspected member of boko haram especially if you are from the north. The people are hyper sensitive and alert. Boko haram members are now haram every where in Nigeria which is good. Enough is enough.

  • Citizen

    It is better to be at alert and link it to boko haram. We must be security conscious as a people. All those boko haram arrested in Abia should be summarily executed and given mass burial. The remaining two buses that escaped should be traced and the bus with its occupants set on fire. If the buses were coming from Portharcourt or Enugu axis there is need to investigate how they managed to travel all the way from north and not arrested. No to boko haram in other parts of Nigeria.

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  • tsunami1earthquake

    The Police continue to contradict themselves! Hear what the Police Image maker says! He says that the fact that such dangerous devices had been found should not be given the colour of terrorism! So what will one call that? Something that is meant to kill a countless number of people is NOT terrorism? Why mus the Police continue and embark on a culture of deceit and criminal lies? Today is Tuesday and the suspects were arrested since Sunday, three days ago! And here is the Police saying that one should not be quick to associate their activities or those people with Boko Haram! So who are they? What have the police gleaned so far from their confessional statements? Or have the interrogations not started yet? I smell a rat here. As I have said earlier, the Imo State Police Commissioner has a hand in that devious and devilish act and he must be arrested and interrogated vigorously; and the truth will come out. There must be no coverup here. It is becoming clear that the Hausa/Fulani Muslims are using police officers of Hausa/Fulani or Muslim extraction to bring terrorism to other parts of Nigeria, including the southeast. I think the people of the southeast should just shove the police aside and take over their own security measures before it is too late.

  • BlackieUmukoro

    But a top boko haram leader has been arrested in Abia?