MOPOL killed in Ebonyi explosion, not suicide bomber —Police
The Ebonyi State Police Command has debunked reports of a suicide bomber in Afikpo, Ebonyi State, on Tuesday, saying that the explosion victim was a police officer.
During a telephone interview with ElombahNews shortly after the blast, the Ebonyi State Police Spokeswoman, Ms. Loveth Odah said the victim of the blast was a Mobile Police Officer on special deployment to Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.
Ms. Odah said the officer, Mr Idi Aminu died as a result of an accidental hand grenade explosion.
The incident which occurred opposite Amizi Amangbala Primary School in Afikpo North threw the area into panic as passersby scampered for safety.
Residents believe he was a suicide bomber but Mrs. Odah said he was an Inspector of Police.
“He mistakenly hit the lead of his grenade which was hanging on his waist with his elbow resulting in the deadly explosion,” she said.
She noted that the police officer was an operative of MOPOL 32 and not a suicide bomber as being circulated in the social media.
The spokesperson said his remains had been evacuated to a mortuary.
Mrs. Odah cleared the air on alleged accidental discharge by a police officer at Government House Abakaliki.
She pointed out that though a bullet accidentally fired from an AK-47 rifle when police officers posted to the gate were cleaning their firearms, it never hurt or killed any of them.
Sources in the Afikpo had told Reporters that the incident happened around 12 noon when the man tried to gain access into a school.
Watch the police spokeswoman explain the scenario on tape:
I really don't know which one frightens me more: the idea of a #suicidebomber in Ebonyi State in SE #Nigeria or the thought that @PoliceNG officer is armed with #HandGrenade to be lobbed at protesters or #YahooBoys at his whim or the possibility that this is a wilful untruth? pic.twitter.com/6ghEHCexp9
— Chidi Odinkalu (@ChidiOdinkalu) May 25, 2021