Contrary to speculation, the device discovered at the entrance to the office of the Head of Service in Asaba, Delta State, was not a bomb or an explosive device but an object created to scare people away.
The State Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan who disclosed this yesterday while reacting to a reported bomb scare in Asaba, said it was a fetish-like object made to look like a bomb to scare people.
He said it was not a bomb, explaining that when the police bomb disposal unit checked it there was nothing in the object that can detonate.
His words “What was found by police bomb disposal unit was not a bomb. It was just something put together like a fetish thing that did not have the component of a bomb. Maybe a native doctor tied a few things together to scare people”.
The Governor explained that the bomb scare was made by mischief makers who have the intention of blackmailing the government, stressing that it was something put together like a fetish thing that did not have the components of a bomb.
However, he said that the government and the security agencies in particular were on alert to ensure that criminal-minded persons do not capitalize on the development to cause havoc in the state.
The governor assured Deltans that his administration will continue to protect lives and property even as he explained that security operatives were carrying out surveillance in the state and will nip any security threat in the bud.
Also speaking, the Commissioner of Police Ikechukwu Aduba confirmed that the device was not a bomb and would not have exploded saying: “it is neither a bomb nor explosive”.
He observed that the watch on the device was not timed and connected. He advised Deltans to be security conscious and report any strange object or persons in their vicinity to the police.