How gunmen used explosives in the Owo attack


Ondo state police say the gunmen who attacked the construction company in Owo, Ondo state on Wednesday night used explosives to destroy one of the earth moving machines of the site.

Funmilayo Odunlami, the state police spokesman, said in a statement that the command had opened investigations to unravel those responsible for the attack.

Gunmen attacked the Craneburg Construction Company in the ancient city, injuring two security guards, according to Adetunji Adeleye, the Ondo State commander of Amotekun Corps.

Oyeyemi Oyediran, the state police commissioner, led a team of officers from the Explosives Department (EOD) – Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and High Yield Explosives (CBRNE), also known as Anti-Bomb Squad, at the scene Thursday, according to the police statement.

The statement said the incident occurred around 10:00 p.m. on July 27 and was quickly responded to by officers covering the jurisdiction.

“At the scene, officers encountered the duo of a 50-year-old Rifum Lawrence and 45-year-old Abraham Opara who were shot and injured,” Ms Odunlami said.

“They were immediately taken to Owo Federal Medical Center where they were admitted and are currently in stable condition.

“The bomb squad has confirmed that an improvised explosive device was used to detonate a tractor tire at the crime scene.”

She said the police commissioner continued for calm and encouraged well-meaning residents of Ondo State to cooperate with the police during the investigations.

“The command urges the people of the state to remain calm as the affected area has been cordoned off and an investigation has begun to unravel the mystery behind the incident,” she said.

“In the same vein, the command is using this medium to warn those unfamiliar with the true state of affairs not to cause unnecessary panic within the state by peddling unconfirmed stories relating to the incident. .”

Ondo State Commander of Amotekun State Security Team Adetunji Adeleye had earlier visited the site for inspection.

He said the gunmen fired sporadically into the air and damaged the windshields of two earth-moving machines at the site.

“I just left the scene and realized that the two security men had been injured when the assailants fired into the air,” he said.

“They damaged the windshields of two construction company earthmoving machines. The injured men were taken to hospital.

Owo made headlines on June 5 when gunmen attacked St. Francis Catholic Church leaving 41 dead and several others injured.

A similar attack on a police division in Akure occurred on Monday, resulting in the death of a policeman.

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