Papable confusion and apprehension gripped
inhabitants of Obollo, Isiala Mbano local council area of Imo State,
following the startling discovery of a huge bomb near the Umudo village
hall. Vanguard gathered that some of the villagers, who initially blamed
the incident on the dreaded Islamic sect, Boko Haram, (the bomb was a conventional
foreign-made explosive and not an improvised explosive device) quickly scampered
into safe communities outside the area.
It was also gathered that the un-exploded bomb was found less than 24
hours to a scheduled concelebrated sung mass billed for the village by
the Parish Priest of Saint Theresa Catholic Church, Obollo, Rev. Fr.
Confirming the near ugly development to newsmen, the Village Head,
Chief Patrick Osuji and another villager, Mr. Uzoma Okorigwe said the
bomb was discovered at about 3pm when an old man was trying to clean up
the hall and its surroundings ahead of the Eucharistic celebration.
The duo equally affirmed that information about the shocking
discovery was quickly passed on to the Divisional Police Headquarters,
The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Mr. I. M. Anaforom, who was at
the scene of the incident, told newsmen that his men swung into action
as soon as he received the report.
“We rushed to the scene, assessed the situation, cordoned off the
area and alerted the appropriate authorities. That was how the bomb
disposal unit of the State Police Command was called in to difuse the
bomb”, Anaforom said.
Answering another question, the DPO said the bomb was a conventional
foreign-made explosive and not an improvised explosive device.
He passionately appealed to the citizenry to be more vigilant and
promptly report any suspicious object to the police for necessary
The DPO said the bomb was a conventional foreign-made explosive and not an
improvised explosive device, this means that this is an internal
conspiracy, LOOK BEYOND BOKO HARAM, your people can also kill you to
achieve their aims. I think a careful and proper self-examination have to be done before we
jump and blame Boko-Haram for everything bomb in this country. I hope the government at all levels will wake up and stop running after money only. Measures should be taken to save peoples lives.