3 Killed in Gombe Explosion

Oct 17, 2011 –  The Gombe State Commissioner of Police, Mr Orubebe Ebikeme, has confirmed the bombing of the  Mobile Police base in Kwame, in Kwame Local Government Area,  yesterday, killing no fewer than three persons.

According to News Agency of Nigeria reports,  the attackers went to the base around 2.20 a.m. yesterday, and bombed the base which is about five kilometres from Gombe, the state capital .

The assailants carted away some arms and ammunition during the raid.

The administrative block of the base was set on fire while many cars parked on the premises were burnt.

Two corpses were lying outside the perforated wall as the area was condoned off while armed mobile policemen searched inside and outside the premises.

Ebikeme said he had invited officers and men of the bomb disposal unit from Yola, Adamawa State, to investigate the incident and promised to give details of the incident after.

The commissioner said the base was cordoned off because “there are still unexploded bombs around the area.”

Meanwhile, a member of the Special Task Force (STF), maintaining security in Plateau State was, weekend, murdered in the Ali Kazaure area of Jos, by unknown persons who went away with his rifle.

STF’s spokesman, Captain Charles Ekeocha, said in a statement, yesterday,  that the soldier identified as Sergeant Baba Wuya, was macheted to death in  Lasisi Street in the Ali Kazaure area while on his way to check a colleague on the same guard post.

Ekeocha said: “The soldier was murdered in cold blood ostensibly by the same people he was trying to protect.

”His murder borders on criminality and that is why his rifle, which is the target of the attackers, was taken away. The weapon will turn out to be used to perpetrate crimes on innocent citizens of Jos and its environs.”

He warned that the task force will deal with those bent on truncating the peace in the state and urged residents to furnish security agents with information on the murder of the soldier.

By TAYE OBATERU, with Agency reports