The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, yesterday, confirmed that a bomb explosion rocked his country home at Ukehe in Igbo-Etiti Local Government Area of Enugu State. The Enugu State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), also disclosed that a cursory look by the Police Bomb Disposal Unit suggested it was an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The IED was reportedly hurled over the fence, into the compound of Nwodo, causing extensive damages to the windows and ceilings of one of the houses in the compound. The air conditioner was also damaged.
A release by the Media Adviser to the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Emeka Attamah, said that 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 blast. Mohammed, while addressing people who trooped into Nwodo’s compound, implored everyone to always be vigilant and to report any strange faces in the community to the police. Mohammed, who described Enugu State as very peaceful, wondered why some miscreants would be after the life of Nwodo, who he said was only serving his people.
Mohammed added that the incident underscored the need for greater security consciousness around Nwodo. Mohammed ordered that security be beefed up around Nwodo’s compound, promising that the perpetrators would soon be identified and brought to book.
The Commander of the Bomb Disposal Unit, a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Mr John Aniche, briefed Mohammed and Nwodo on the items they collected from the scene, including batteries, pellets and other materials used in preparing the IED. John stated that each item would be carefully scrutinised and analysed. Nwodo, who expressed shock that anyone could be after his life, added that the incidence would not deter him from leading his people.
The traditional ruler of Umudele in Ukehe, Igwe Lawrence Aroh, was also at the home of Nwodo. Aroh wondered why some bad elements would constitute danger to others. The Enugu State Director of Department of State Security (DSS), Mrs E. A. Likiyon, was also at the scene of the explosion. The Ohanaeze President General has been under verbal attacks by some pro-Biafra groups in recent time.