Police Probe Rivers Motor Park Explosion
The Rivers State Commissioner of Police (CP), Eboka Friday, has ordered a full-scale investigation into an explosion that rocked the popular Mile 3 motor park in Port Harcourt, the state capital, yesterday morning.
Friday gave the order while confirming the incident in a statement issued by the state Police Command’s Spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni.
He said the explosion was from a locally-made dynamite planted in a fish shop inside the park, saying the son of the lady who owns the shop was injured along with others.
The statement further said the investigation was to ascertain the cause of the explosion and ensure that those behind it face the full weight of the law.
The statement read, “The Rivers State Police Command can confirm that there was an explosion this morning at the Mile 3 Market in the Port Harcourt Local Government Area of the state.
“A locally fabricated dynamite exploded when one Mrs. Ifemia Aloke, popularly known as ‘mama Joy,’ opened her fish shop, inflicting injuries on her son and one other young lady who are currently receiving medical attention. No life was lost in the incident.
“The Explosive Ordinance Disposal (EOD) was immediately dispatched to the scene to sweep and render the entire market safe. Normal trading activities resumed immediately
“In the meantime, the Commissioner of Police, CP Eboka Friday has ordered a full-scale investigation into the incident with a view to ascertaining the cause of the explosion and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“He wishes to reassure the good people of the state that the state is generally calm and they should go about their lawful activities uninterrupted and without fear of molestation from any quarters.”
Residents of the area said they heard a loud sound at about 6.20am when traders were bringing in their goods and others opening for business.