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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

No bomb blast in Enugu – Police

No bomb blast in Enugu – Police

Reports that a bomb blast occurred in Enugu at the shut New Artisans Mar­ket along Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway after the Nigerian National Petroleum Corpora­tion (NNPC) mega station has been described as false.

A minor explosion had oc­curred at a dump site of scrap metals beside the market at about 8pm on Monday,and pas­sers-by allayed fears of a possible bomb explosion.

In a press statement issued by the Enugu State Police Pub­lic Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Amaraizu, he admitted that an explosion occurred at the dump site, but declared that nobody was hurt.

He said that only a food re­tail shop was partly burnt in the incident.

Amaraizu said that while the cause of the explosion is yet to be ascertained, the police has advised the people, particularly residents of the axis to go about their lawful businesses as all hands are on deck by the Com­mand in partnership with other sister security agencies to ensure safety of life and property.

He said that officials of the Explosive Ordinance Depart­ment of the Command has visit­ed the scrap site and its environs to ensure that there are no dan­gerous equipment in the area.

Most of the artisans and pet­ty traders in the market had re­sumed their daily routes.

Some of the traders said that they were not aware of the inci­dent but noticed that the area was condoned off by law en­forcement agents and the mar­ket Guides.

The market was closed down by the state government early this year following killing of a police officer who was investi­gating cases of prostitution and armed robbery in the area.

The petty traders, artisans and cattle dealers, mostly from the Northern part of the coun­try, however, have continued their trade on both sides of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Road while the gates of the market re­mained locked by the state gov­ernment.

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