UPDATE: Again, Bomb Blast Rock Rivers High Court
For the second time in one year, the Rivers State High Court in Ahoada East Local Government Area of the state has been hit by a bomb explosion.
The first blast occurred on January 7, 2014, shortly before the court could hear a case on the crisis that rocked the State House of Assembly, where 5 members of the assembly loyal to the Supervising Minister of Educatio had attemoted to removed the speaker of the House to pave way for the impeachment of Governor Rotimi Amaechi.
It was gathered that no life was lost and no person was injured in the blast but the court records are forgotten issue.
Mr Andy Nwoye, the Caretaker Committee Chairman, that the explosion has political undertone.
“As I speak now, the smoke is still on. But this is the third time that place is being bombed and the situation is becoming worrisome,” he was quoted speaking to newsmen.
“We are putting machinery in place and we are working towards tracking down those behind the crime. We are in a local Area, even if Ahoada is a local area; we have our way of tracking down such people.
“My people are already out there and I am sure that in the next one week, we will pick them up. I suspect political undertone because at any point in time when a serious judgment is to come up, the Ahoada High Court will always come under attack,” added Mr Nwoye
Barely six months ago, was the same court rocked by a bomb explosion when Justice Charles Wali was to hear a suit instituted by the Speaker of the House, Otelemaba Amachree, and others.
The plaintiffs had sought an injunction to refrain a certain Evans Bipi, from parading himself as the Speaker of the Assembly before the gory incident occurred.
The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Mr Tunde Ogunsakin, in a statement signed by the State Assistant Police Public Relations, Grace Iringe-Koko has confirmed the incident saying that the command had reinforced security within the court premises.
“In the sample, no trace of IED (Improvised Explosive Device) was found at the scene and from the analysis of samples collected so far, none of the features of explosion was present at the scene. “There was no evidence of explosion; no shockwaves, and no bang. The command however observed burning that resulted in conflagrations,” he said
“The Rivers state command in its bid to overrun criminals who constitute a clog in the wheel of progress has begun investigations on the matter even though no suspect has been arrested,” Mr Ogunsakin concluded.
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