The Personal Assistant to the Commissioner of Police who is also the Acting Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Monday Onaiwu Osayi said that it was rather an explosion emanating from a GSM Network Provider Mast formally erected in a compound along Nnebisi road beside UBA and Access Banks.
ASP Osayi stated that the owner of the place who had earlier contracted the land to one of the network providers wanted to develop the land, adding that he contracted two men whom the ASP gave their names as Cyprian Idoko of No 2, Ezemu Street, Onitsha and Cornelius Nweke of Nwaki Street, also of Onicha to remove the concrete where the mast was built.
He said that the two men ignorantly used a dynamite to detonate the concrete.
The Acting Police Image Maker said that the detonation led to the explosion, saying that the wind screen of one Mrs. Oduah’s car, a staff of UBA Bank was destroyed in the process.
ASP Osayi said that the police command had earlier received information that there was a robbery attack at Nnebisi Road, adding that the command immediately mobilised its men to the scene, only to discover that it was not an armed robbery incident rather it was an explosion.
He stated that the command quickly deployed its anti-bomb squad in the place, adding that investigation was still on, just as he said that the two suspects, Cyprian Idoko and Cornelius Nweke has been in police custody.
ASP Osayi enjoined all residents in the state to be calm, saying that it was not a bomb explosion, even as he urged them to be security conscious at all times.
The Acting Police Image Maker however called for community policing in the state, adding that everyone should assist the police and other security agents to combat crimes in the state.