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Bomb blast in Bayelsa •Minor explosion in Jos

EXPLOSIVES rocked the venue of a campaign rally of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant, Chief Beimor Rufus-Spiff, at Opolo, Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday, but no life was lost. Party faithful that gathered at the venue scampered for safety as the explosives went off around 3.45 p.m. The explosives, Nigerian Tribune gathered, were planted by the perpetrators ahead of the rally.

But the convener, Rufus-spiff, said “no amount of bomb scare would make me jettison my ambition. Bayelsa [people] should be free to vote for the candidates of their choice. I will forge ahead with my campaign.”

Describing the perpetrators of the dastardly act as cowards, Rufus-Spiff said the action of those involved in the explosion had only deepened his resolve to continue his quest to liberate the state from the clutch of misrule.

Nigerian Tribune recalls that some months ago, Rufus-Spiff alleged threat to the life of his campaign manager, who, he said, was hit by a driver in Yenagoa.

Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bayelsa State Police Command, Eguavoen Emokpai, described the incident as unfortunate, adding that the report of the incident was still sketchy at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, still reeling from multiple bombs that rocked the city of Jos, Plateau State, and deadly violence that followed, a mild explosion occurred on Tuesday in Barkin-Ladi Local Government Area of the state, after the chemicals a man was trying to package into explosives detonated.

Nigerian Tribune learnt that the man, identified as Abubakar Musa, a teacher  in the area, was putting together some chemicals to assemble an explosive device when the chemicals exploded.

It was gathered that the bang  which accompanied the explosion attracted the people within the vicinity to the scene of the incident and the man was found  in a pool of his blood with his two hands shattered and his face badly disfigured.

An eyewitness told the Nigerian Tribune that the police in the local government area took the man to a hospital in the area before he was transferred to state police headquarters in Jos and further moved to the Air Force Military Hospital, Jos, for proper medical attention. 

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Abdulrahman Akano, who confirmed the arrest of the man said he (teacher) claimed  to be mixing chemicals for an experiment when the blast happened.

The state Commissioner of Police  said the police were investigating the matter with a view to ascertaining his claim or if there was more to the incident.

Meanwhile, commercial activities were yet to pick up in Jos, the state capital on Wednesday as most business premises still remained shut and most commercial banks commenced operation late.

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