By Samuel Oyedogha & Festus Ahon
UGHELLIâ€”STAFF of Setraco Nigeria Limited, a construction company, narrowly escaped death yesterday in Ughelli, Delta State, as two explosives suspected to be bombs were uncovered in the premises of the company.
The explosives that were detected by the soldiers of Military Joint Task Force, JTF, attached to the company on Wednesday morning, were said to be planted on the roof of the administrative block on the company.
According to a reliable source, the explosives were suspected to have been planted on Tuesday night after the close of work, saying that the reason for the action of those behind it were yet to be known.
The source, who is a senior officer of the construction firm, but does not want his name in print, disclosed that some suspected militants had written a letter to management of the company that they would strike if they were not settled.
The source further disclosed that the suspected militants on Tuesday night after planting the explosives put a call across to the project manager, warning him to check his office very well that they had left their signature since their requests were not being met.
He said bomb experts attached to the JTF were brought in from Warri to remove the explosives from the roof after it was discovered by the JTF soldiers attached to the company.
Effort made to reach management of the company on the development proved abortive as at press time. Meanwhile, the JTF in a statement issued yesterday in Yenagoa by the coordinator of the Joint Military Task Force Media Centre, Lt. Col. Timothy Antigha, said the discovery was made at about 11.00a. m. and the two dynamites diffused.
According to him, “The explosive devices were uncovered by vigilant personnel of the Task Force deployed to protect SETRACO construction personnel and installations. They were intended to harm personnel, cripple the operations of the company and ultimately sabotage ongoing efforts by the Federal Government to complete the East-West road linking four states of the Niger Delta, which SETRACO is handling.
â€œIn view of this unfortunate development, the JTF wishes to advise the misguided elements behind this criminal act to give peace a chance and allow the efforts of the Federal Government aimed at developing the region continue unhindered.”
Inspite of this development however, the JTF assures everyone that no effort will be spared in providing security for the companies operating in the Niger Delta in order to bring about the much desired accelerated developmentâ€.
In a related development, the JTF acting on another tip-off has recovered arms and ammunition in Agbere community in Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State. No arrest was made, however, arms and ammunition seized include: 3Â G3 rifles with magazines, 18 single barrel dane guns, 2 double barrel dane guns, 2 locally made short guns, 7 locally made pistols, 15 cutlasses, 42 9mmÂ Â rounds and 92Â 7.62mm rounds.