- The Rivers state police command has reacted to the reported explosion that was said to have occurred at the PDP secretariat in Port Harcourt, Rivers state
- The command’s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, contradicted the account of witnesses at the scene
- Omoni described news about the explosion as rumour
The Rivers state police command has disclosed that its investigation shows that there was no explosion at the secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Aba Road in Port Harcourt, the state capital.
According to The Tribune, the command’s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, said officers of the command who were sent to the scene shortly after reports emerged about an explosion at the facility.
He said when the men arrived on the scene, there was nothing at the place to suggest an explosion had earlier occurred.
''I am not aware of what you are talking about. If you have been to the Rivers State Secretariat of PDP in Port Harcourt, you would have known that nothing happened there. No explosion took place at the party’s secretariat.”
Earlier reports had emerged that the secretariat of the PDP in Port Harcourt, Rivers state was on Thursday afternoon, February 11, rocked by twin explosions.
The Nation reported that the explosions were caused by substances suspected to dynamites reportedly placed in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) parked in front of the secretariat located along Aba Road.
The publication disclosed that some party members who were conducting the councilorship primaries of the PDP at the facility had to run for safety after the explosions occurred.
A witness who spoke anonymously told The Punch that the blast occurred around 3pm.
The witness said:
“There was panic today as two dynamites exploded during the Councillorship primaries of the PDP.
“I was at the party secretariat. The dynamite was detonated by suspected bombers in an SUV car along the Aba road office of the party secretariat at 3 pm.''
Meanwhile, High Chief Tom Aliezi, the executive chairman of Emohua local government area of Rivers state has been impeached.
The local council boss was removed on Thursday, February 11, amid tight security during plenary by a two-third majority of members of the Emohua Legislative Assembly, The Nation reports.
Aliezi’s impeachment followed a motion moved by Benard Odike, the deputy leader of the House, representing Ogbakiri Ward Two.
In another news, Fred Udogu, a caretaker committee chairman of the PDP in Ebonyi state, has been sacked by the court.
In a judgment on Wednesday, February 10, the PDP committee headed by Udogu was also declared illegal by a Federal High Court sitting in Abaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, The Nation reports.
Nnachi Okoro, a legal counsel to the Onyekachi Nwebonyu-led PDP executive in Ebonyi state had filed a case before the court in November 2020 seeking the dissolution of the Udogu-led faction.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.