Police Confirms Blast At Estate Belonging To Ize-Iyamu In Benin City

Source: thewillnigeria.com

SAN FRANCISCO, October 19, (THEWILL) - The Edo Police Command has confirmed that an explosion occurred on Saturday night at an estate located on Dennis Osadebey Avenue, GRA-Benin City, Edo State.

The property is owned by a former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and senior member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

Deputy Police Public Relations Officer, Ejiroro Ahwara, confirmed the incident in a statement made available to newsmen in Benin on Sunday.

He said that the 'Command received information that at about 10: 30 p.m. on Saturday that there was an explosion at Dennis Osadebey Avenue, Benin City.''

Ahwara stated that men of the Special Anti-Bomb Squad and patrol vehicles were immediately drafted to the scene of incident.

He explained that preliminary investigation revealed that items suspected to be Improvised Explosive Device (IED), made up of two tiger batteries of 15 volt each connected to long wire, was thrown into the mini-estate from outside.

Ahwara stated that the explosion affected the ceiling boards at the security post in the estate as well as a part of the main gate.

He explained that the impact dug a small hole at the entrance gate, but stated that 'luckily, no life was lost.

'The IED used in the attack has been recovered by the Bomb Disposal Unit for analysis, while some suspects have been arrested', he further stated.

However, Ize-Iyamu has accused the All Progressives Congress-led state government and the party of complicity in the attack, alleging that the wife's clinic was the target.