– The Ebonyi state police command says scientific examination of an object found in the state has shown that it was a landmine used during the Nigeria Civil War
– The police headquarters has directed that the object be destroyed
– The Ebonyi state police command has conducted a search to know if similar object can be found in the area
The Ebonyi state police command has confirmed that an object that was found by a scavenger in Okposi, Ohaozara local government area of the state was a remnant of a war bomb used during the Nigeria Civil war.
The spokesperson for the command, DSP James Madu, on Tuesday, January 17, said scientific examination of the object has shown that it was a landmine used during the Nigeria Civil War, The Sun reports.
He said: “The object suspected to be bomb IED which was found in Okposi was taken for scientific examination in our forensic headquarters, Abuja. It was not as if bomb was planted in the area so to say, it was one of those landmines that was planted during the civil war. Our headquarters have directed that it should be destroyed and it has been destroyed by our bomb section”
“Some of these things couldn’t detonate in their time. This particular landmine fell into the river and river continued to move it round until it got to the river bank and somebody saw it and alerted the police,” he said.
The police spokesperson noted that the object was not a planted bomb.
Recall that on Wednesday, December 4, Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi state was thrown into confusion following the discovery of an objected suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
A resident of the area, Okoro Chikaodiri had gone to Onu Ezeukwu Uzor stream in the area when he saw an object suspected to be IED and immediately raised the alarm.