A bomb blast on Tuesday afternoon went off in Benin city, destroying 5 houses, it has emerged.
The blast occurred at about 3pm and caused pandemonium in the City as the dreaded Boko Haram sect is suspected to be responsible. Reports say residents of Zomi Zomi street, in Upper Sakpoba Road, took to their heels after the explosion.
Confirming the incident, a police source said:
” we learnt that the bungalow where the bomb was detonated was being used as a hide out by kidnappers some months ago. But a combined unit of soldiers and the police invaded the house and arrested the suspects.
“So recently, somebody hired the building and just this afternoon, decided to burn some papers in the compound. He set the papers on fire and went out to buy something. But immediately he left the bomb exploded. He never knew that the kidnappers left some bombs in the house”.
Governor Oshiomole confirmed the explosion but said that the authorities were not in possession of enough information to declare that the explosion was caused by a bomb.