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Explosion rocks Yenagoa

By Samuel Oyadongha
Yenagoa —A DEFEANING explosion suspected to be from a detonated dynamite rocked Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, in the early hours of yesterday causing panic among residents of Kpansia, Yenizue-Gene and Biogbolo metropolis.

The incident occurred at about 2.20am at Ebilade Filling Station said to belong to the wife of the state deputy governor, Mrs. Tikere Ebebi, situated in the Kpansia suburb on the Isaac Boro expressway.

The explosion which reverberated through the capital city and caused fright among residents was heralded by about four gunshots.

However no life was lost and no damage done to the filling station except for a crater on the concrete floor.
It was gathered that the Deputy Governor, Mr. Perimeowei Ebebi, later visited the scene where a cable suspected to be dynamite coil was recovered and handed over to men of the security services.

When Vanguard visited the fuel station, it was shut to the public and a man who identified himself as a worker there confirmed the blast.

He however declined further comment.

A military source who said they equally heard the deafening blast told Vanguard that it might not be unconnected with the alleged face off between the governor and his deputy.

On the unusual movement of troops within the capital city, the source said it was a routine exercise but that the presence of the soldiers might not be unconnected with the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations  Annual General

Meeting slated for the week in Yenagoa.

Efforts to get the comments of the state Commissioner of Police, Elder Onuoha Udeka, proved abortive as he was said to be in a  meeting with some senior officers over the incident involving the convoy of the Deputy Governor and Sylva’s aide.

Meanwhile, security was yesterday reinforced around the Government House with additional patrol vehicles stationed there.

Armed soldiers were also sighted under the shades leading to the Government House gate

Meantime, anti-Timipre Sylva demonstrators besieged the capital city yesterday asking for the removal of the following after the violence that marred the Peoples Democratic Party primaries in the state last weekend.

Several people were injured in the fracas when supporters of the Deputy Governor and the Governor clashed after the primaries in Ekeremor.

In a replay of the protest staged against the Deputy Governor on Sunday, supporters of the Deputy Governor also armed with placards some of which reads, “Sylva must go,” “No to politics of exclusion” among others, tore the imposing billboard of Governor Sylva close to the Imgbi road junction erected by the group, “Concerned Bayelsans for Timipre Sylva.”

Stakeholders including the state Action Congress as well as the Ekeremor community, home of the Deputy Governor, have warned against what they described as onslaught on any perceived opposition of the present administration in the state.

Briefing newsmen on the development yesterday, Chief Alex Ekioteni, former State Independent National Electoral Commissioner called on the Presidency, the National Security Adviser, National headquarters of PDP and the law enforcement agencies in the state to promptly investigate the attack on the Deputy Governor’s convoy.

Similarly, the state Action Congress has condemned the spate of violence in the PDP local government primaries which the party said was characterised by violence in virtually all the eight local government areas, with the use of heavy and sophisticated weapons, leaving innocent people wounded with the Deputy Governor’s convoy attacked.

In a statement issued in Yenagoa by its Acting Chairman, Mr. Miriki Ebikibina, the Action Congress regretted that the level of violence witnessed during the PDP primaries, if not checked would pose a security threat and breach of the peace in the state.


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