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Police Verified: No Deaths In Calabar PDP Secretariat Explosion

The Cross River Police command has
confirmed that an explosion occurred in the
early hours of Monday at the State Secretariat
of the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, in
Cross River.

This was confirmed in a statement signed by
the Police Public Relations Officer, Hogan
Bassey, and made available to the News
Agency of Nigeria in Calabar on Monday.
Mr. Bassey stated that an Improvised
Explosive Device, IED, was detonated by
“hoodlums, who were unable to penetrate the
heavily fortified PDP Secretariat” on Nov. 24.

“Early today, 24th November at about 0535
hours, hoodlums who were unable to
penetrate the heavily fortified secretariat by
officers and men of the Command, threw an
explosive device from behind the premises
into the building. “The explosion only
shattered some louvres on the ground floor.

No life was lost nor anybody sustain injury.
The Police anti-bomb Squad has cordoned off
the area”, it stated. But witnesses told
journalists that the explosion rocked several
buildings in the vicinity of the party
secretariat on Murtala Mohammed High Way,
Calabar. Heavy presence of armed policemen
and soldiers was noticed at the scene of the
incident Monday.

A resident of one of the houses close to the
PDP secretariat where the incident occurred,
said that his house vibrated when the
explosion occurred.

“I heard a loud bang and everywhere started
shaking. I thought the house was going to
collapse”, he said.

At another compound sharing a perimeter
fence with the secretariat, several glass doors
and windows were shattered.

The state PDP Chairman, John Okon, who also
spoke on the incident, said the party
secretariat would no longer be used for the
ward congress slated for the day. “I
understand they threw in a bomb or dynamite
or something.

The police are there and the anti-bomb squad
are on the way. “We will not be able to use
the secretariat for the ward congresses. We
would be using the Presidential Lodge. “All
the electoral officers are collecting their
materials and going to the field. The windows
and other things inside the office were
destroyed”, he said.

Reacting to the developments, the Director-
General, Ndoma-Egba campaign organisation,
Ernest Irek, alleged that the PDP ward
congress had been militarised.

“They are militarising a simple thing as ward
congresses and chasing away party members”,
he said. He also alleged that the explosion
was staged so that the venue could be
changed to suit some interests, adding that
the list of delegates was not made available to
the public.

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