Police in Ebonyi have refuted claims that the man killed in an explosion yesterday in Afikpo area of the state was a suicide bomber.
Spokesperson Loveth Odah said the victim of the blast was a police inspector on duty in the area.
She said the deceased, Idi Aminu, a riot police officer, died as a result of accidental grenade explosion.
The incident occurred about midday opposite Amaizi Amangbala Primary School.
Residents said he was a suicide bomber trying to enter the primary school.
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“He mistakenly hit the head of his grenade which was hanging on his waist with his elbow, resulting in the deadly explosion,” she said, stressing that the officer was not a suicide bomber as was bandied about in the social media.
Odah said his remains had been evacuated to a mortuary.
Residents had a different take on the incident.
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“He made an attempt to enter Amaizu Amangbala Primary School but was turned back by the school security since he couldn’t justify the visit. He immediately started running toward a nearby bush before a big bang was heard,” a source said.
He said residents scampered for safety when the bomb exploded but reconvened at the scene a few minutes after, only to see the suspected suicide bomber lying dead in a pool of blood.
“There is tension in the community, he said.