The Rivers State Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the explosion that rocked the popular Mile 3 motor park in Port Harcourt on Monday.
Friday gave the order in a statement issued by the command’s spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni.
He said the explosion was from locally-made dynamite planted in a fish shop inside the park, adding that the son of the owner of the shop was injured along with others.
The statement further said the investigation was to ascertain the cause of the explosion and ensure that those behind it face the full wrath of the law.
The statement read in part, “The Rivers State Police Command can confirm that there was an explosion this morning (Monday) at the Mile 3 Market in the Port Harcourt Local Government Area of the state
“Locally-fabricated dynamite exploded when one Mrs Ifemia Aloke, popularly known as Mama Joy, opened her fish shop; thus inflicting injuries on her son and one other young lady, who are currently receiving medical attention. No life was lost in the incident.
“The Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit was immediately dispatched to the scene to sweep and render the entire market safe. Normal trading activities resumed immediately.
“In the meantime, the Commissioner of Police, Eboka Friday, has ordered a full-scale investigation into the incident with a view to ascertaining the cause of the explosion and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“He wishes to reassure the good people of the state that the state is generally calm and they should go about their lawful activities uninterrupted and without fear of molestation from any quarter”
Residents of the area said they heard a loud sound around 6.20am when traders were bringing in their goods and others opening for business, even as about six persons were injured.
The woman’s son and another victim, who were severely injured, are receiving treatment in hospital.
Traders, who had their goods inside the park, quickly parked them and ran out even as some debris caused by the explosion were seen on the ground, while people were seen in groups discussing the incident.
Speaking to our correspondent, an official of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Moses Ucheoma, said despite the earlier panic, calm and normal business activities had returned to the park.
Ucheoma stated, ”For now, there is nothing to panic about. As you can see, people are going about their business.
“We advise the traders and workers here to be careful and watch out for suspicious movements that may pose danger to them.”
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