Nigeria: 2 Explosions Rock Bayelsa – JTF

Two explosions rocked parts of Yenagoa at about midnight on Friday, said the Joint Military Task Force, JTF.

The JTF spokesman, Lt.-Col. Timothy Antigha, on Saturday said the explosions went off in certain parts Yenagoa, but there were no casualties.

Antigha advised the residents of the city to remain calm and go about their normal businesses lawfully, “as the JTF is working in tandem with other security agencies to forestall a recurrence”.

The first explosion occurred at Tombia roundabout area of Yenagoa when some persons attempted to blow up a colonial iron bridge. The bridge links the Niger Delta University, Amasoma in Southern Ijaw Local Government Area to the state capital.

Report says the bomb exploded from under the bridge, shook the entire area but the bridge failed to cave in.

The second explosion went off almost the same time at the Peace Park, opposite the Government House. A Toyota Corolla car, laden with explosives exploded but there was no casualties.

After the blast, a car parked around the area went up in flames.

The Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Doifie Ola, said: “Gov. Timipre Sylva has just been informed of two explosions that rocked parts of Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, late Friday night.

“Details of the incident are still sketchy, but the Government of Bayelsa State condemns in the strongest possible terms any attempt to return the state to the dark days of insecurity.

“The administration places high premium on peace and security, and has invested so much to attain the peace and quiet that currently pervade the state.

“If there is anything that both friends and foes of the current administration agree on, it is the clear fact that Bayelsa State has since the inception of the Sylva-led government emerged from the darkness of insecurity into the marvelous light of peace and stability.

“It will be most callous of anyone to try to shatter this peace.”

Ola added that it was sad the explosions occurred in the home state of President Goodluck Jonathan at a time the country was faced with security challenges.

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