By Emma Amaize
WARRI – MEN of the Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Delta state have launched a manhunt for a bomb producer said to have configured the explosives that were used to disrupt the post-amnesty dialogue by Vanguard Newspapers, last Monday, at Government House Annex, Warri.
Also, the Joint Task Force (JTF) on the Niger-Delta, according to its Commander, Major-General Yarkin Sarkin-Bello has spread its dragnet for the militants that were involved in the operation.Â His spokesman, Lt. Colonel Timothy Antigha who spoke to Vanguard said the stage was not set yet to brief the media on the investigations by the task force.
It was gathered the JTF had received some information on the bomb blast but does not want to jeopardize its investigations by making any comments.
â€œNobody will tell you the extent of our investigation as at now. Even if we have made any arrest, I will not tell you, though, I am not aware of any arrest now. We have some clues but we cannot reveal themâ€, a JTF source said.
However, a dependable security sourceÂ told Vanguard, â€œThe bomb manufacturer was contracted to configure and detonate 10 bombs by a militant leader in parts of Delta state.Â As it is, two have been exploded, remaining eight, that means that the contract is still running and we have to get the man before they explode the remaining onesâ€.
Commander of the ATS in Delta State, Jonathan Acha, a Superintendent of Police could not be reached today by Vanguard for comments, but, a source said, â€œOur Commander has not slept since the incident, last Monday. He has ordered that the man who configured the bomb be arrested for interrogation. We hear the man is from Awka in Anambra stateâ€.
â€˜I donâ€™t know if he is one of the Igbo bomb experts that manufactured local bomb (Ogbunigwe) for the defunct Biafra during the civil warâ€, he said.
Meanwhile, the ATS commenced a clandestine operation todayÂ in Delta state for the militants that were used to detonate the bombs. The operation, which is following the Aberdeen modus operandi, involves men of the squad, popularly known as red beret, mobile and conventional policemen.