Police officer killed by accidental grenade explosion in Ebonyi

The Nigeria Police Ebonyi State Command has said the man killed in a Tuesday explosion in Afikpo was a police operative, and not a suicide bomber as reported in the media.

Explaining the incident, the spokesperson of the Ebonyi State Police Command, Loveth Odah, said that the victim of the blast was a mobile police officer on special deployment to Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

She said the officer, identified as Idi Aminu, died as a result of an accidental explosion from a hand grenade.

“He mistakenly hit the lead of his grenade which was hanging on his waist with his elbow, resulting in the deadly explosion,” Ms Odah said.

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Some residents in Afikpo had told reporters that the incident happened around 12 noon when the man tried to gain access into a school.

The spokesperson said the remains of the police operative have been taken to a mortuary.

Some residents in Afikpo had told reporters that the incident happened around 12 noon when the man tried to gain access into a school.

“He made an attempt at entering Amaizu/ Amangballa Primary School but was turned back by the school security since he couldn’t justify his reason for visiting. He immediately started running inside a nearby bush before a big bang was heard,” a resident said earlier.

The upper part of the man’s body was completely destroyed form the impact of the bomb.

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