Anxiety, tension grip Benin as multiple explosions rip 4 buildings apart


Jethro Ibileke/Benin
One of the buildings destroyed by the explosion
There was palpable fear, anxiety and tension in Benin City, capital of Edo state on Tuesday afternoon, as multiple and deadly explosions ripped four residence buildings apart.
The explosions occurred at about 2:00 pm, around Oka primary school area, close to the junction popularly known as ‘three house,’ off Upper Sakponba road, in Ikpoba-Okha local government area of Benin metropolis.
Eyewitnesses had it that the first explosion occurred when a medicine dealer, Elue Chinedu, who operates from one of the buildings, was burning the refuse he swept from the building at a refuse dump.
‎Following the explosion, operatives of Edo state anti-bomb squad and anti riot policemen, led by Musa Uba, a Deputy Commissioner of Police were said to have been promptly drafted to the place to secure and cordon off the area.
But to the dismay of residents of the densely populated area, another deafening explosion went off again at about 6:16 pm, when the anti-bomb squad was trying to detonate other explosives discovered.
Louvre blades, PVC ceilings, doors, aluminium roofing sheets, bore hole rubber tanks and part of the front perimeter fence of the buildings were shattered.
This development heightened tension and anxiety in the entire area as people scampered in different directions for safety as residents feared that men of the dreaded Islamist sect, Boko Haram were responsible for the explosion.
One of the occupants of one of the affected buildings and a woman who was passing by were said to have sustained serious injuries from the explosion, but no live was lost.
It was gathered that suspected kidnappers had lived in one of the buildings in the past, but left the house two years ago when security operatives raided the area.
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Source:: PM Newspaper