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Police tighten security around bomb blast suspect

By Evelyn Usman

LAGOS—The Police have denied speculations that the suspect in Tuesday’s bomb explosion at ‘Logemo House,’ on Ikorodu Road, in the Onipanu area of Lagos metropolis, has died.

Rather, the suspect, who according to the Lagos State Police Command was discovered to be the messenger of the explosive device, is still under-going treatment in the intensive care unit at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Ikeja.

The command’s boss, Mr. Marvel Akpoyibo, who described the speculations as untrue, told Vanguard that the victim was hale and hearty. “Whoever said he is dead will be ashamed by the time we bring the suspect alive after our investigations,” he stated.

However, Akpoyibo refused to state the suspect’s present state of health.

Security tightened around suspect
Meanwhile, security at the intensive care unit of the hospital has been tightened as only designated doctors and nurses are reportedly expected to attend to the suspect.

Sources explained that it was part of measures to ensure that he is not poisoned or harmed by his alleged sponsors.

Also, security has been tightened at Logemo House, the operational base of many companies including Superscreen Television Station. Against this backdrop, visitors are screened before being allowed into the offices in the nine-storey building.

Visitors with wrapped gifts, as gathered, were disallowed from carrying such into the offices, except they are unwrapped.

It will  be recalled that residents of the area and its environs were Tuesday gripped with fear, following a deafening sound from a combustive substance from the fourth floor of the nine-storey building, which chopped off the two limbs of the suspect.

The combustive substance which was later identified by the Police Anti-Bomb Squad as Improvised Explosive Device, IED, was concealed inside a Christmas gift reportedly meant for one of the management staff of the television station, whose identity is yet unknown.

Police intensify probe
After the explosion, the Police said two other explosives were found with the critically-injured suspect and were immediately defused through a controlled process.

Akpoyibo added that other items were discovered in the suspect’s apartment whom he said was helping the police in their investigation, pledging the command’s determination to get to the root of the matter.

Part of the investigation Akpoyibo said would include ascertaining the sponsors of the suspect and reason. He regretted that was yet to be done as the suspect was still in critical condition as at Wednesday and as a result could barely speak.


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