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Bomb scare: Edo beefs up security

By Simon Ebegbulem

BENIN—TIGHT security was observed at Edo State Government House, Benin City, yesterday, following the bombs found at the premises of the State House of Assembly and the state-owned Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) recently.

Meanwhile, Edo State House of Assembly has passed a resolution calling on the state police command to conduct a routine check on some strategic public establishments in the state, with a view to finding out if explosive devices were planted in them.

The House also sent a condolence message to the former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, over the death of the Lamido of Adamawa, Dr Aliyu Mustapha.

Vanguard observed that visitors entering Government House were subjected to thorough search, even as vehicles were also scrutinized with bomb detecting devices, which resulted in a long queue of vehicles.

There had been fears of explosion in the city, particularly since bombs capable of destroying lives and property within 250 meter radius were discovered at the premise of the Assembly complex and EBS.

Last Monday’s bomb attack which rocked the venue of Vanguard-sponsored Post-Amnesty Confab in Warri further heightened the fear in the state.

However, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Bright Omokhodion, explained that the House resolution calling on the police to conduct checks on public buildings was to ensure safety of lives and property, in view of the recent bombs planted at both the Assembly complex and the EBS.


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