Suspect Arrested Over Political Bomb Explosion In Ile Ife Osun State
July 3rd, 2014 – Suspect Arrested Over Political Bomb Explosion In Ile Ife Osun State
Osun State Police Command has arrested one person in connection with the explosion that rocked Ile-Ife on Tuesday.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr Ibrahim Maishanu, in a text message sent to our correspondent yesterday, said the police command had commenced investigation into the cause of the explosion.
He said: “We are going to address a news conference on the incident. We have arrested a person and he is helping us in the investigation.”
However, he assured residents of Ile-Ife and the state at large, of security of lives and property.
The police boss, who said he had visited the scene of the explosion to ascertain the extent of damage it caused, said there was no cause for alarm in the state.
Maishanu, who noted that the explosion was a minor one, assured all residents of the state of the police commitment to ensuring the security of all individuals at all times.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Najeem Salaam, has alleged that the explosion was politically motivated.
The Speaker, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Goke Butikakuro, warned political actors in the state not to drag the state into avoidable violence in the name of politics.
He said: “It is displeasing and devastating to learn about the bomb explosion in Ile-Ife not long after a political rally, while another one was discovered and prevented from going off by the anti-bomb policemen and we have it on good authority that it was politically motivated. The political players in the state should not because of politics or election throw the state into violence and bloodbath.”
Salaam urged the security agencies to conduct thorough investigation and unveil the people behind the incident, so as to nip the dangerous development in the bud.
“Osun State cannot afford bloodshed in the name of politics. All political gladiators should learn to play by the rule, for only the living can enjoy the dividends of democracy not the dead,” Salaam said.