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Bomb explosion will not deter my Igbo leadership, says Ohanaeze leader, Nwodo

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President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, has expressed shock over a bomb explosion that occurred at his Ukehe, Igbo-Etiti Local Council country home, vowing not to be deterred by the incident.

A bomb explosion that occurred at about 9.00 a.m. yesterday caused extensive damage to the windows, the ceiling, as well as the air-conditioning unit. The building is strictly reserved to host public gatherings, especially during weekends.

The Enugu State Police Command has, however, described the incident as “minor”, saying it affected two widows in one of the houses in the compound.

A statement from Nwodo yesterday, signed by his Media Adviser, Chief Emeka Attamah, stated that the device was hurled over the fence into the compound.

Already, the state Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, accompanied by the Area Commander for Nsukka Police Command and the Divisional Police Officer for Igbo-Etiti, had visited the scene.

Mohammed, while addressing the people who trooped to the scene, enjoined them to always be vigilant and report any strange face to security operatives.

The police commissioner, who described Enugu State as very peaceful, wondered why some miscreants would be after the life of Nwodo, who he said, was only serving his people, adding that what happened was a sign for the need for greater security around him.

He, therefore, ordered that security be beefed up in and around the compound and promised that the perpetrators would soon be brought to justice.

Earlier, the Commander of the Bomb Disposal Unit, DSP John Aniche, told the police commissioner and Nwodo that items collected from the scene included batteries, pellets and other materials used in preparing the IED and said that they would be carefully scrutinised and analysed.

However, the traditional ruler of Umudele in Ukehe, Igwe Lawrence Aroh, thanked God for saving Nwodo’s life. The Enugu State Director of DSS, Mrs. E. A. Likiyon, also visited the scene of the explosion.

Meanwhile, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has condemned in strong terms the bombing, saying: “This is a dastardly act. It is certainly ugly, evil and outrageous. I roundly condemn it. This is quite an unusual development in the South-East and we will not accept it.
 
“I call on the security agencies to get to the root of this devilish act and ensure that the culprits and masterminds are brought to book immediately.”


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