*Lists NDDC headquartres, Bayelsa Govt House, others asÂ targets
By Emma Amaize, Emma Arubi and Akpokona Omafuaire
WARRI – A militant kingpin and bomb specialist who identified himself as the â€œUdumegun of Niger-Deltaâ€ today detonated a bomb at the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) office in Warri, Delta state, causing fresh panic in the oil state.
The scene of explosion is not far from the Warri residence of the former military governor of the defunct Midwest region, Major-General David Ejoor (rtd) and the explosive shattered the administration office, equipment and air-conditioner. It caused a major stampede in among residents in Efejuku Street and the neighborhood.
No life was lost as the bomb explosion happened when the workers had closed for work, the explosion cracked the 6-inch deep first floor decking of the two-storey building.
Udumegun who is among the MEND operatives that disrupted the post-amnesty conference by Vanguard newspapers at Government House Annexe,Â Warri, March 15, with two powerful bomb explosions confirmed to Vanguard, last night, that he carried out the NDDC operation.
Before the Monday evening bomb blast, the militant kingpin had warned that he would bomb NDDC offices in the Niger-Delta, Government House, Yenagoa and a host of other places, but, his threat was probably not taken seriously.
He, in fact, said the governors of Delta, Bayelas and Rivers state, as well as security agencies in the states should be on the alert and that he would give not further warning before his next strike, adding that the car bomb explosion in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state was just the beginning.