An explosion, believed to be bomb, rocked a neighborhood of Benin, the Edo State capital. Five houses were destroyed by the bomb blast.
The incident which occurred around Zomi Zomi, Upper Sakpoba area of the city, was said to have caused pandemonium in the city as residents around the area of blast ran helter skelter.
The news went viral immediately that members of the Book Haram sect may have invaded Benin City.
But a police source said that it was unconnected to Boko Haram.
According to the Police, ”we learnt that the bungalow where the bomb was detonated was being used as a hide out for kidnappers some months ago. A combined unit of soldiers and the police invaded the house and arrested the suspects.
“So recently, somebody hired the building and just this afternoon, decided to burn some paper in the compound, he set the papers on fire and went out to buy something. But immediately he left the bomb exploded. He never knew that the kidnappers left some bombs in the house”.
Bomb Disposal experts from the Edo State Police Command were said to have cordoned off the building trying to ascertain if more are still inside the building.
The tenant who resides in the building, who was identified as Emeka, was taken away by the Police while one woman who was said to have sustained deep cut during the blast was rushed to the hospital.