WARRIâ€”Delta State Police Command has denied reports that the explosion that rocked the Warri office of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, last week was a bomb, and demanded an unreserved apology from management of Vanguard Newspapers.
Vanguard had published penultimate Wednesday that the explosion emanated from a bomb purportedly planted by a militant, who claimed responsibility for the explosion.
But the command said through a statement issued by its Public Relations Officer, ASP Charles Muka, that the claim of a bomb was not only false, but also malicious, mischievous and misleading in its entirety.
It stated: â€œThe attention of Delta State Police Command has been drawn to the front page publication of Vanguard Newspaper of Wednesday, 12 may 2010, captioned, Stampede as bomb blast rocks Warri NDDC office, ex-militant claims responsibility, and wishes to state that the publication is false, malicious, mischievous and misleading in its entirety.
â€œThe truth of the matter was that on 10 May 2010, at about 8pm, there was an explosion at the first floor of NDDC office, Warri, which shattered the office door and window glasses and created an uneasy calm within the immediate environment.
â€œThe police and Bomb Disposal Unit, Warri, visited the scene and discovered that the explosion emanated from an office airconditioner which was left on after office hours and not bomb explosion as published by Vanguard Newspaper.
â€œOne of the Commissioners of NDDC, Chief Emmanuel Ogidi, who visited the scene addressed the press on the incident and aligned himself with the findings of the police.Â The Delta State Police Command also issued a press release in this regard to all media houses in the state, both electronic and print media, including Vanguard Newspapers who in this publication referred to the quoted the PRO in page 5 on the accurate finding of the police.
â€œThe command, therefore, wishes to use this medium to demand an unreserved apology from Vanguard Newspaper and a total retraction of the publication, especially as the general public has been misld by the publication.
â€œIt also becomes necessary as partners in progress in crime prevention and control to advise our esteemed reporters to always publish facts, as they relate to any incident.â€