An object suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device was found by a cleaner at the gate of the Delta State Cabinet Office, inw hcih the office of the Delta State Head of Service, Mr. Okey Ofili, is also located.
A witness said the cleaner drew the attention of security officers at the complex and they in turn alerted the police anti-bomb squad.
The object was said to have been bound in a red cloth and had a stopwatch attached to it.
Staff of the HOS office gathered outside the premises before the police anti-bomb squad removed the object.
They later gained entrance into their offices around 10a.m.
The police took the bag away from the scene, which is a minute’s drive from Government House, Asaba.
A top government official said the device was an explosive.
But another official said it was later found to be a hoax.
Reacting to the development, the Commissioner of Police in Delta State, Mr. Ikechukwu Aduba, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the device was not an explosive.
He said it was planted by mischievous persons and had been removed.
Aduba, who was in company of the visiting Assistant Inspector General of Police Zone V, Alhaji Hashimu Arugungu, took the device to the Government House, where he said that it was only a plot to scare people.
He said that though the device contained gun powder in one of its compartment, it was, however, not connected and the stop watch was not functional.
“It is a mere scare and there is no way this (device) can explode,” said the Commissioner of Police, who addressed newsmen at Government House in the presence of Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan.
Also speaking, Uduaghan agreed with the CP that it was an act of mischief, but added that those who planted it were out to distract the government.
The governor said that the government would not be deterred and would remain focused, adding that the package was a fetish substance.
Ofili had in July survived an attempt by some gunmen to kidnap him in the state capital. (NAN)