There was pandemonium in Benin City, the Edo State capital on Tuesday after about five houses were destroyed in a bomb explosion.
The explosion, which went up at about 3pm in Zomi Zomi area of Sakpoba road, sent residents scampering for safety, thinking that Boko Haram sect had invaded the town.
A police source at the scene told Vanguard that “we learnt that the bungalow where the bomb was detonated was being used as a hide out for kidnappers some months ago. But a combined unit of soldiers and the police invaded the house and arrested the suspects.
“So recently, somebody hired the building and just this afternoon, decided to burn some papers in the compound, he set the papers on fire and went out to buy something. But immediately he left the bomb exploded. He never knew that the kidnappers left some bombs in the house”.
Meanwhile, Bomb Disposal experts from the Edo State police command have cordoned off the building trying to ascertain if there were more explosives in the building.