Two men have been arrested and handed over to the Nigerian Army after they were reportedly caught while attempting to plant Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) on Idembia bridge in Ezza South local government area of Ebonyi state.
Governor David Umahi who disclosed this in a special security situation broadcast on Friday, February 15, said the men were caught by community and Neighbourhood Security Watch before they could detonate the bridge.
The Nation reports that the governor claimed that a National Assembly Candidate of a political party, a few days ago went to a quarry site in the state to purchase explosives but was turned down by the operators who also reported to the state government.
He said: “The report came to me as Chief Security officer of this state that a House of Assembly candidate went to quarry site to buy explosives and the people came and reported to us, they refused to sell to him”
“We had to immediately report to the security agencies and they have the name of the person. They moved into action to arrest the person and I have said they should declare him wanted.
“Subsequently, four hours later, we got information that a meeting was held and it was agreed to plant explosives in hotels, in flyovers and bridges including bridges built by past administration in the state”.
“While we were still examining the authenticity of the information, Commissioner for Internal security called to say that the community and Neighbourhood Security Watch apprehended two people that have succeeded in planting explosives at Idembia bridge but they have not detonated it.
“They were still planting it, they went to the expansion of the bridge the weakest link to plant it. They have been apprehended and sent to the Army and the Army has sent them to the police. So, they are being investigated."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that Governor Umahi declared Friday, February 15, a public holiday to enable citizens travel to places they registered for the elections and vote.
Umahi made the declaration while addressing newsmen in Abakaliki, noting that the directive was in conformity with the powers vested on him as the state governor.
He said that the decision was to prevent such citizens from traveling on Saturday, February 16, because of transportation challenge that might be experienced on election day.
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