By Emma Amaize & Godwin Oghre
SAPELE— RESIDENTS of Hausa quarters and environs in Sapele, Delta State have started relocating from the area, following two explosions in less than one month for fear of being maimed or killed.
The first was at the Central Mosque on Palm Avenue Road, early, last month, in which one person was critically injured and part of the religious house shattered, and the second, few days to the New Year, at the Children Islamic School on Urhobo Road, at which about 10 pupils were injured.
However, some of the panic-stricken citizens, including the head teacher of the Islamic School, which was hit by explosive, suspected to be dynamite on December 27, Mallam Mohammed Razaq, have called on the state government and Police Command to provide adequate security for the people.
Vanguard learnt that the residents, who reside near the scenes of the two incidents, were frightened that they might be casualties next time, if they failed to move away from the area.
Mallam Razaq said the pupils, 10 of whom were injured in last Tuesday’s explosion and Muslim worshipers in Sapele needed adequate security against further bomb attack.
One of the residents, Mr. Nathaniel Onorume, living about 100 yards away from the spot of Tuesday’s explosion confirmed that inhabitants of the affected area were relocating because of the fear of future bomb attacks.
He said, “It is the second tune within a mouth that unknown persons have detonated bomb in the area. The Sapele Central Mosque, where a bomb was detonated barely a month ago is only two poles away from the Children Islamic School, where another bomb was detonated, last Tuesday night.”
A woman in her 70s, who preferred anonymity corroborated the claim of Onorume and advised security agencies to ensure that there was no further explosion in the area.
On the fate of the 10 injured pupils, Mallam Razaq said they were responding to treatment at the various hospitals.
Father of two of the wounded pupils, Alhaji Asad Mohammed, told Vanguard that his children were responding to treatment.