Police finally agree Sabon Gari Kano explosion caused by IED, not gas cylinder
Kano State Police Command has confirmed that last Tuesday’s explosion that hit Aba Road in Sabon Gari area was from Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
Same Police authorities had said the explosion was as of gas cylinder explosion which reared a building in pieces and killed at least nine people
In a fresh statement on Sunday, police said two suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.
The statement said this development followed an outcome of investigation by the Explosive Ordnance Disposal-Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defense, EOD-CBRN, and Operation Puff Ader.
Also, names of the victims who died in the explosion and whose bodies were recovered and names released by the Police were Ejike Vincent (welder), Michael Adejo (chemical seller), Musa Kalla (tea seller), Christiana Abosede and Mary.
Others were Austin Dada, Madam Owoleke, Omo Ben and Bose Oladapo.
While the police were in denial on Tuesday, eyewitnesses have insisted that the explosion was caused by a suicide bomber.
A source at the police headquarters at Bompai, Kano, told Nigerian Sketch that the police “really knew what truly happened, but for strategic reasons decided to float the gas cylinder story as a decoy. That was why we were able to apprehend some of the people involved in the planning and implementation of the dastardly act.”
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed sadness over the death of nine persons that died due to the explosion.
Speaking when he met with victims of the explosion, Buhari said he was “extremely pained by the loss of lives and injury to many due to the explosion,” adding “my thoughts and that of the nation are with the bereaved families. I hope the injured will recover fully at the earliest possible time.”
He described the incident as sad and unfortunate. He spoke with the victims of the family members, community leaders resident in Sabon Gari Kano, Chief Nicholas Ibekwe, the Eze Igbo, at the Palace of the Emir, His Royal Highness Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero.
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