By Peter Okutu

ABAKALIKI—THERE was pandemonium Sunday night in Abakaliki, following a failed attempt by suspected hoodlums to bomb the headquarters of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Ebonyi State.

Vanguard investigation revealed that the Ebonyi Police Command is working round the clock to uncover those behind the action.

It was gathered that the APC office along the Kipirikpiri road, few metres away from the Government House, which also serves as the campaign office for its governorship candidate, Senator Julius Ucha, was attacked by unknown persons with objects suspected to be Improvised Explosive Device, IED.

An eye-witness said ”Around 10.45pm on Sunday, we were in the front of the office with some policemen attached to the secretariat when we heard a very loud bang from the back yard. When we got there, we discovered an object that looked like a locally-made explosive, which had detonated but fortunately the can of fuel that accompanied the explosive did not catch fire when the object exploded.

“It was clear that the intention of those that did it was to burn down the office but God was on our side because when they threw the objects from the fence, the wire at the fence might have held the can containing the fuel. The intention was when the object exploded, the fuel would catch fire and the entire building would have been razed.”

Reacting, the APC governorship candidate , Senator Ucha called on the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, to order a thorough investigation into the incident, even as he urged APC supporters in the state to go about their lawful businesses and shun violent activities especially during next month election.

Briefing newsmen at the Command Headquarters in Abakaliki, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Chris Anyanwu said the situation at the APC secretariat was under control.

“It was an incendiary device like an IED but lacked the capacity to cause an explosion. Some hoodlums planted it in order to cause panic in the area. No life was lost and no property was destroyed.”

However, some senior police officers including the Area Commander and the Divisional Police Officer, in charge of Kpirikpiri Police Station, were at the scene to access the damage and a bomb disposal unit of the Nigeria Police was invited to evacuate the devise.

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