Published February 11, 2019
The affected wall. Photo:
Chidiebube Okeoma, Owerri
There was panic on Saturday at the Practising School in Obinze , in the Owerri West Local Government Area of Imo State, as an explosion rocked one of the buildings on the premises of the institution.
The explosion , Southern City News gathered , caused panic in the area as people , including worshipers , ran for safety.
An eyewitness told our correspondent on Sunday that a bomb , which was planted on a wall in the school , exploded around 7 .15 pm.
The eyewitness , who identified himself simply as James, said the part of the school , where the explosion occurred, was being used by a church , Jesus Discipline Fellowship , as a worship centre in the community .
He stated , “We came for prayer and discovered that the wall of the hall where we worship was tampered with .
“ Out of curiosity , we started making findings and we later saw a rope covered with pipes and buried in the ground , which was connected to the wall .”
James added that when the rope was touched , the hidden device exploded .
When contacted , the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Orlando Ikeokwu , explained that no life was lost , adding that the substance was an explosive ordinance .
He said that the Explosive Ordinance Department of the command had condoned off the area .
The police spokesperson added that the state Commissioner of Police , Dasuki Galadanchi , had visited the scene .
Ikeokwu , however , called on the residents of the state not to panic .