By Gabriel Enogholase

BENIN – AN attempt to bomb a new generation church in Benin by a yet to be identified group on New Year day may have been foiled by vigilant security operatives.

However, the Edo State Director of the State Security Service,  SSS, Alhaji Tuhur Bakindo who would not confirmed the attempt bombing of the church, Winners Chapel located along Sapele Road, Benin said several arrests have been made by the SSS and were being screened to ascertain their involvement in criminal activities in the state.

“What we are doing is to make sure nothing happens in the state within the period of Christmas and New Year celebration. We have not established the presence of Boko-Haram in the state. Those arrested will be allowed to go after screening and if nothing incriminating is found on them”, he said.

Vanguard learnt that there was tension in the church which led to tightening up  of security in and around the precincts of the church when the over 7,000 worshippers had information of the plan to bomb the church.

It was gathered that the plan to bomb the church was hatched when a middle aged man from a neighbouring country was contracted to convey the bombs to the church  with his bicycle which he uses to sell iced cream.

Vigilant security men were said to have arrested some persons concerned with the incident while investigations is said to be ongoing.


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