Nigeria: huge IED explosion in Ogoniland

This Day/allAfrica

There was pandemonium Wednesday when two out of three locally made Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) went off in the controversial Rivers State-owned banana plantation located at Soghor in Tai Local Government Area.

The explosives were said to be made up of gun powder, just as two other devices planted within the vicinity of the plantation were diffused and recovered by men of the Anti-bomb Unit of the state Police Command.

It was gathered that the blast occurred about 9am yesterday in the Ueke-Tai axis of the 2,000-hectare banana plantation, which is jointly owned by the Rivers State Government and an unnamed Mexican firm.

Soghor community in Ogoniland, has been in disagreement with the state government over the planned citing of the banana plantation in the area.

However, reports said nobody was close to the explosion area, but the devices reportedly went off where one of the employees of the farm, identified as Mathew, a tractor operator, usually works.

The Police said the device may have been planted to cause havoc and described those behind the act as hoodlums who have failed in their bid to wreck havoc on society.

Confirming the explosion to THISDAY, the state Police Commissioner, Mr. Mohammed Indabawa, said the explosives were locally made with gun powder with some iron in it, stating that there was no casualty.

“The blast was from locally made explosive devices that happened around 9am. It occurred within the banana plantation. There was no casualty, but two other locally made explosive devices in the vicinity of the farm will be destroyed.”  Read more…

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