By Stanley Nwanosike
The Enugu State Police Command has confirmed the arrest of three persons in connection with a minor explosion which occurred on Saturday, about 400 metres away from a polling station at Coal Camp, in the Enugu metropolis.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the polling station was one of the designated centres for Saturday’s Enugu State Local Government Election.
The command’s spokesperson, SP Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed the development in an interview with NAN in Enugu on Saturday, said that two persons were wounded.
Amaraizu also said that a tricycle was destroyed by the minor explosion which occurred at a workshop about 400 metres near the entrance of a polling station at Coal Camp.
“There is no cause for alarm as the command’s Explosive Ordinance Department (EOD) is already at the scene of the incident.
“The polling station close to the scene is still having voters patiently waiting to exercise their franchise.
“It is just a coincidence happening on the day of election.
“The command, however, is assuring members of the public that the cause of the minor explosion will be thoroughly investigated,’’ he said.
Mr Chinedu Anigbo, Chairman of Enugu Urban 1 Amalgamated Neighbourhood Watch, said the explosion occurred around 8.30a.m. when voters were arriving to vote.
Anigbo appealed to voters to remain calm and should not be intimidated by miscreants.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expressed dismay at the conduct of the Local Government elections, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The National Vice Chairman, South East, Mr Emmanuel Eneukwu told newsmen in his country home at Obinagu in Udi Local Government Area of the state that the election was a `sham’.
Eneukwu said that election materials arrived very late at many council areas while other areas witnessed no election.
“Voting materials arrived late in many areas across the state while sensitive materials like the result sheets were nowhere to be found.
“There is no way election can be conducted without result sheets.
“Even in my ward at Obinagu, materials have not arrived as at 1p.m,’’ he said.
The vice chairman said that he had been to the local government headquarters at Udi to report and the electoral officer assured him that the materials would soon be distributed.
“Let us give them the benefit of doubt,’’ he said.
In his remarks, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu described the election as ‘shambolic’.
Okechukwu decried late arrival of materials in many polling units in the state.
“This exercise is shambolic. I think the PDP is afraid of losing to the APC.
“Is that how they will behave if devolution of powers is granted to governors?
“So if they give them powers, opposition will die because they will use state police to intimidate them, ’’ he said.
In his reaction, the Commissioner for Information, Mr Ogbuagu Anikwe said that it was `aggressors’ that were trying to disrupt the elections.
“This is part of their antics to make the entire process a nullity because they know they are losing.
“PDP is not afraid of any opposition because PDP is on ground in Enugu State and it will take the opposition number of years to find itself in PDP’s position,’’ he said.