The Ebonyi State Police have denied reports that speculates suicide bomb explosion had occurred in the south eastern state of Nigeria.
DSP Loveth Odeh, the State Command’s Public Relation Officer (PPRO) told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abakaliki that the pictures were not in connection with a suicide bomber.
Rather, it was an officer’s gas grenade that exploded from his body.
“There is no bomb explosion in Ebonyi, but regrettably, this morning, one of our mobile police personnel attached to Afikpo on special duty was wounded by teargas.
“The officer mistakenly hit a teargas hung on his belt, and unfortunately, the device exploded and wounded him and he died.
“The lifeless body, the man in the picture is Inspector Idi Aminu, attached to 32 PMF Abakaliki but on special duty at Afikpo.
“So, there is no bomb blast or explosion in Ebonyi. The general public should disregard the information,” the PPRO said.
According to reports, the suspected suicide bomber had triggered the explosion already in front of a school.
The school is located in Amaizu-Amangballa Afikpo, Ebonyi state but police said otherwise, though an officer died in the incident.
Commissioner for internal security and border peace Stanley Okoro-Emegha also confirmed the incident but said he did not have details at the time he was contacted.
However, the Ebonyi State PPRO clarifies that the man whom blow up the very day was a police inspector and it was his service tear gas grenade that exploded killed him.
Speaking further, Police says the area is calm now and there is no cause for alarm and tension as well.