SECURITY has been beefed up at the country home of the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo in Ukehe, Igbo Etiti, Enugu State.
The Enugu State Commissioner of Police Commissioner, Danmallam Mohammed, ordered the extra security measures, Sunday, after a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in Nwodo’s home.
The CP promised that the perpetrators would soon be identified and brought to justice. A police preliminary assessment report meanwhile suggested that the device was hurled over the fence into the compound.
The blast damaged the windows, ceilings and an air-conditioning unit of one of the houses in the compound.
Nwodo’s Media Adviser, Chief Emeka Attamah, disclosed that the State CP, the Area Commander for Nsukka Police Command and the Divisional Police Officer for Igbo Etiti local government area, jointly inspected the scene of the explosion, which left a crater in the compound.
The CP implored the indigenes, who had gathered to commiserate with Nwodo to always be vigilant and to report any strange faces to security operatives.
Danmallam who described Enugu as “very peaceful” wondered why anyone would want to attack Nwodo. He noted that what happened was a sign for the need for greater security around Nwodo.
The Commander of the Bomb Disposal Unit, DSP John Aniche, disclosed that the unit will analyse the pieces of the bomb to help in the course of the investigations, especially tacing the origin of the device.
Nwodo Shocked At Explosion
NWODO said he was shocked that anybody would be after his life. He noted that the incidence would not deter him from leading and serving his people.
He thanked the Commissioner for his prompt response to the incident.
The traditional ruler of Umudele in Ukehe, Igwe Lawrence Aroh, expressed gratitude to God for saving the life of the President General.
He also wondered why “anyone would constitute danger to others in a country bountifully endowed by nature.”
He assured that the people would be extra vigilant to forestall such incidents.
Ekweremadu Condemns Bomb Attack
THE Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu condemned the bombing.
He said: “This is a dastardly act. It is certainly ugly, evil, and outrageous. I roundly condemn it. This is quite an unusual development in the South East and we will not accept it.”
In statement by his Special Media Adviser, Uche Anichukwu, the Deputy President of the Senate called “on the security agencies to get to the root of this devilish act and ensure that the culprits and masterminds are brought to book immediately.”
Okorie, Shocked And Angry
MEANWHILE, the National Chairman of the United Progressive Party, (UPP), Chief Dr. Chekwas Okorie, in anger and shock, called the bombing “a highly provocative and cowardly act.”
He stated in a press statement Sunday that “it is public knowledge that Nwodo has recently been a victim of unprovoked verbal attack and threats from certain quarters for reasons of his principled stand on issues in the line of duty as the President General of Ohanaeze.
“It is also not unlikely that some terrorist organisations from outside Igbo land may be behind this dastardly act with a view to provoking Ndigbo to take precipitate action.”
He tasked the Police and all security agencies to “track down and bring to justice the culprits and their sponsors.”
He urged Nwodo “to remain resolute and committed to his patriotic leadership of Ndigbo at this trying time,” and assured him and the leadership of Ohanaeze of the solidarity and support of Ndigbo.