Explosion rocks former Edo SSG’s mini estate

The crisis in Edo State took another
dimension last Saturday when an
explosion rocked a mini estate
belonging to the a former Secretary
to the Edo State Government,
Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on Denis
Osadebey Way in Benin, the state
capital.
It was learnt that the explosion,
which occurred at about 10.30pm,
was caused by an improvised
explosive device planted at the
entrance of the estate housing
some rented apartments and
Shalom Dental Clinic said to belong
to the wife of the former SSG.
Although no life was reportedly
lost, the impact of the blast created
a small hole and shattered the
ceiling of the security post, while
the gate of the building, located a
few distance from the Government
House, was partly damaged.
Our correspondent gathered that
the IED comprised an electric wire
connected to two Tiger batteries of
1.5 volts each bound with a
masking tape.
Confirming the incident, the Edo
State Commissioner of Police,
Foluso Adebanjo, said that
preliminary investigation showed
that the device was thrown into the
mini estate from outside.
He also disclosed that the IED had
been recovered by the Bomb
Disposal Unit for analysis while
“some suspects” had been
arrested.
While urging politicians in the state
to put the interest of the citizens
above their personal interest,
Adebanjo stated that the command
would continue to campaign
against violence ahead of the 2015
general elections.
But Pastor Ize-Iyamu, who is also a
chieftain of the Peoples Democratic
Party, has alleged that the state
government and the All
Progressives Congress was
responsible for the incident.
Ize-Iyamu, who claimed that his
wife was the target of the blast,
said that he had faced criticisms
from the both the APC and the state
government since he decamped
from the party (APC).
“Last night at about 10:40 pm I got a
text from of the tenants there
saying that a bomb has been
thrown into my wife’s clinic, so I
immediately called a tenant who
told me what just happened.

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