THERE was anxiety in Enugu yesterday, following the explosion of Improvised Explosive Device, IED, at the country home of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, at Ukehe, in Igbo Etiti Local Government Area of the state.
Nnia Nwodo, President-General of Ohanaeze The incident happened at about 5.30 am when members of the household were getting ready for the early morning Sunday mass. A statement by Nwodo’s Media Aide, Emeka Attamah confirmed the bomb attack. Police Spokesman in the state, Superintendent Ebere Amaraizu also confirmed that there was an explosion in Nwodo’s house saying that investigations had started to unravel the reasons and those behind it.
The Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned the attack on Nwodo’ s compound saying it was the handiwork of “terrorists disguised as herdsmen.” Earlier,on Saturday, the IPOB, circulated a message reportedly signed by the Legal Adviser to Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Barr Chuka Momah, raising an alarm, over alleged plans by security agencies to bomb public places including schools and police stations as well as kill innocent citizens in a bid to incriminate IPOB and make it look like a terrorist organisation. Nwodo’s media aide, Attamah’s statement read in part:
“A bomb explosion took place today (yesterday) Sunday, April 29, 2018, in the country home of the President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.
A cursory look by the Police Bomb Disposal Unit suggested it was an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, that was hurled over the fence into the compound causing damage to the windows, the ceiling of one of the houses in the compound and an air-conditioning units.
“The Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Danmallam Mohammed, accompanied by the Area Commander for Nsukka Police Command and the Divisional Police Officer for Igbo Etiti LGA, were there to inspect the scene of the bomb blast, which created a crater in the compound.
“The Commissioner ordered that security be beefed up in and around Chief Nwodo’s compound and promised that the perpetrators would soon be identified and brought to justice.