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Sylva blames Warri bomb blast on security lapses

By Samuel Oyadongha

Yenagoa—Governor Timipre Sylva of Bayelsa State yesterday expressed concern over last Monday’s bomb attack that disrupted Vanguard’s Post-Amnesty Conference in Warri, saying security was taken for granted.

Answering questions from newsmen in Yenagoa, Chief Sylva, who insisted that the Nigeria media was target of the attack, said he had believed that the Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, MEND, and Nigerian media were good partners due to the wide publicity the group enjoys from journalists over the years.

The Governor, who could not attend the event, said there was security alert on the attack which many people took for granted.

“I also took the security alert for granted because I felt that it was a journalist-event. The organizers probably did not want to militarize the venue. I also thought that journalists and MEND have been friends for a long time, nobody expected such thing.

“The organizers took things for granted by not involving security long enough. In this instance, we can’t blame the security,” he declared.

The Gvernor likened the bomb attack to putting a small knockout in a car and parking it far, but near enough to the venue to make impact, saying anybody could do that.

“Any coward can do it,” he stated.

Chief Sylva explained that the attack was one of the post-amnesty problems and assured that all those involved in the programme were committed to its suc


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