Explosions rock PDP secretariat

Twin explosions suspected to be dynamites have unsettled the secretariat of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

It was gathered that the dynamite was detonated in a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) parked in front of the secretariat located along Aba Road.

The explosion, which occurred at about 3pm during the councilorship primaries of the party sent members of the PDP running for safety.

Though nobody or group had claimed responsibility for the blasts, it was gathered that party members, who ran away later came back after calm had returned to the area.

The Publicity Secretary of PDP, Tambari Sydney Gbara, failed to comment on the matter, an eyewitness confirmed the incident.

The eyewitness, who spoke in confidence, said: “There was panic today​ as two dynamites exploded during the Councillorship primaries of the people’s democratic party today.

“I was at the party secretariat. The dynamite was detonated by suspected bombers in an SUV car along the Aba road office of the party secretariat at about 3pm

“Party supporters who were seen around the secretariat to support their preferred candidates scampered for safety​

“It is not, however, clear on the reason of the blast, but it might not be unconnected to allegations of imposition of candidates in some LGAs. Calm has however returned to the secretariat.”

Massive explosion: youths blow up oil facilities in Bayelsa

On Monday, unidentified persons set ablaze oil facilities belonging to Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) and Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) at Ikarama community, Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa.

Ben Warder, a youth leader in Ikarama near the incident site, told NAN on Tuesday that residents heard several sounds from the explosions that rocked the oil fields on Monday.

<p class="has-drop-cap has-luminous-vivid-orange-color has-text-color" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">“The site is not far from Ikarama, we heard sounds from the blast and it sounded like dynamites and it was not safe to go near.“The site is not far from Ikarama, we heard sounds from the blast and it sounded like dynamites and it was not safe to go near.

“So, when the situation became quiet we had to trace what happened and it turned out that Shell’s gas pipeline and Agip’s crude lines were destroyed.

“The incident resulted to air pollution from the gas pipeline and crude leak which members of the affected communities are battling to cope with,” Mr. Warder told NAN.

Confirming the incident on Tuesday, Michael Adande, an SPDC Spokesman told NAN that the oil firm had received reports of the incident and shut down the facility to curtail impact.

“We have report of interference on our pipeline about 1 kilometre from Ikarama Community in Bayelsa State.

“We immediately shut-in the line and we have informed the relevant regulatory government agencies and stakeholders.

“A government-led joint investigation team will determine the cause of the interference,” Mr. Adande said.

JUST IN: Another Explosion Rocks Lagos Barely 24 Hours After Ajuwon Incident

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Less than 24 hours after a gas tanker explosion in Lagos State, South-West Nigeria, a container truck has exploded at Berger Cement inward Apapa.

This follows a chemical leakage that caused the huge explosion.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LASEMA says it has activated its response plan and determined that the container was carrying oxyacetylene gas also known as Carbide.

The fire has been extinguished by the Agency’s firefighters and other First responders.