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.


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