Tension in Delta as Police uncover bomb few hours to elections

Reprort from Delta State says palpable fear has gripped the people of an area where Police uncovered explosives suspected to be a bomb.

According to The Punch the substance was found a few hours to the 2019 general elections. Delta State Police Command says it uncovered the improvised explosive device along the Ughelli/Patani Road in Ughelli North Local Government Area of the state.

The Commissioner of Police, Adeyinka Adeleke, on Friday, called on residents to remain calm and vote peacefully in Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections.

Adeleke said the bomb was discovered by men of the Anti Robbery Squad led by its Commander, SP Masoyi Dadi on Thursday night.

The command in a statement signed by its Acting Spokesman, Chuks Oresewezie, noted that IED was intercepted in an unregistered white Toyota Hilux Van which refused to stop.

The police commissioner, who assuaged the fears of Deltans, stated that there was no reason to be apprehensive over the matter as the command had launched an investigation into it.

There are have been several bomb blasts in Nigeria, most of which occurred in the North East geopolitical zone of the country where Boko Haram terrorist groups have been trying to take part of Nigerian territory

At least 27 people were reportedly killed in suiciy.de bomb blasts in the north-east Nigerian town of Mubi in May 2018.

The explosions happened in and around a mosque as Muslims were preparing for afternoon prayers. No-one has yet said they were behind the bombings, but the Islamist militant group Boko Haram has launched previous attacks in Mubi.

Boko Haram has waged a campaign of violence since 2009 to try to create an Islamic state in northern Nigeria.

The violence has killed about 20,000 people and displaced more than two million

Mubi has suffered regular attacks by Boko Haram. Last November more than 50 people were killed when suspected militants detonated a suicide bomb inside a mosque in the same town.

And in April, the militants killed more than a dozen people in the nearby northern town of Maiduguri in Borno state.

The group is known to target mosques whose preachers disagree with its views.

The latest attacks come as President Muhammadu Buhari visits Washington for talks with his US counterpart Donald Trump.

The Nigerian government is buying 12 fighter aircraft from the US, and President Trump has indicated that a further order for attack helicopters is in the pipeline.

“These new aircraft will improve Nigeria’s ability to target terrorists and protect civilians,” Mr Trump told a joint news conference on Monday.


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