…As One killed, 16 injured after explosion rocks Maiduguri***
Two persons were injured when suspected dynamite abandoned at the scene of Wednesday bank robbery exploded in Okeho, Kajola Local Government Area of Oyo State.
SP Olugbenga Fadeyi, Oyo State Public Relations Officer, confirmed the explosion of another dynamite on Thursday which injured a policeman and one civilian.
It was reported that armed robbers had on Wednesday attacked First Bank in Okeho where they blew the door with dynamite after gaining entry into the premises.
However, three of the armed robbers were apprehended and set ablaze by some angry youths in the failed bank robbery.
Fadeyi said that the explosion occurred when the Commissioner of Police, Nwachuckwu Enwonwu, visited the bank to assess the level of damage on Thursday.
He said that a crowd of angry residents, who had gathered at the bank, requested Enwonwu to release the arrested armed robbers for them to also set ablaze, but he refused.
Fadeyi said that the crowd remained with the policemen who had gone inside the bank to examine the equipment and assess the extent of damage after the robbery.
He said the CP appealed to the crowd to maintain a good distance to allow his men to examine the premises but they remained adamant.
”The new dynamite exploded in the process, injuring a policeman and a member of the angry crowd,” the police spokesperson said.
Fadeyi said some of the mob attempted to attack the police but that the CP ordered his men to leave the scene to prevent the situation from degenerating to physical attacks.
“The CP went early this morning for on-the-spot assessment of the robbery incident. He saw the suspects burnt near the bank’s gate.
“He discovered that four people were burnt, The security post of the bank shattered with dynamite while a police sergeant was shot dead by the bandits.
‘The CP entered and assessed everywhere. They took cash from the strong room but we cannot ascertain the actual amount,” he said.
In the meantime, the Borno Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Aliyu, on Thursday confirmed the death of one person with 16 others injured following three explosions in Maiduguri metropolis.
Aliyu told the newsmen that the explosions occurred in Mairi, Custom and Gwange areas of the metropolis.
Aliyu said that the actual cause of the explosions was yet to be ascertained, but Police teams had been dispatched to the areas.
He said: “We have dispatched our Explosive Ordinance Detection (EOD) to investigate the incidents and to determine whether it was an Improvised Explosive Device(IED).
“Right now, I am at the Specialist Hospital where we have 16 casualties and one dead so far.”
The echoes from the loud explosions sent many residents scampering for safety.
Security personnel comprising the Army, Police, Rapid Response Squad, Civilian Joint Tast Force(CJTF) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were seen rushing to the scene to restore normalcy.