A pregnant woman and her two children, aged 3 and 5, were among residents who luckily escaped death by a whisker, when fire engulfed a residential building in Asaba, Delta State. The kids were said to have stepped out shortly before the fire started. Expensive Property worth millions of naira, were destroyed when the one storey building at No. 17, Lolo Uronne Street, off Fear God Street, Asaba, was gutted. The cause of the fire, which started around was not immediately known, but sources said a 14-year-old girl (whose name wasn't mentioned), stepdaughter to the pregnant woman, allegedly lit a candle and placed it close to fuel containers inside the compound.
Meanwhile, the 14-year-old girl, who allegedly caused the fire, has been detained by the police as there was nobody to stand for her release. Her father, it was learnt, works in Port Harcourt, River State, and only comes home during vacation. DSP Onome Onovwakpoyeya, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, who confirmed the disaster, said the girl was in police custody.
“The DPO said a journalist can't stand surety for her bail. A relation of the girl should come, and the stepmother said she was not pleased with what happened, because her things also got burnt. "We can't just let the girl go. Nobody has come for her, that is why they have not released her. “They have called her pastor, he said he just returned from a trip. So, anytime he shows up, they will release the girl for him so that anytime they need the girl’s attention, somebody should be able to produce her.
The Rivers State Police Command, has confirmed the arrest of 3 suspects, who allegedly detonated a dynamite (bomb), at the Christian Universal Church International in Diobu, Port Harcourt. Reports learnt that the masked hoodlums entered the Church, believed to be Governor Nyesom Wike’s Father’s Church and detonated explosive, which shattered part of the building. The incident caused crisis with people scampering for safety in the area, as Diobu youths ran to the Church on noticing the development and arrested three suspects, while others fled.
￼Collins Johnbull, the Assistant Chief Security Officer of Azikiwe Street, said: “we saw five men entering the church, but we thought they were church members. “After some time, we heard the sound of a dynamite and we saw the masked hoodlums running out with guns. My men and I mobilised immediately to the church, and arrested three of the suspects after which we called the police and handed over the suspects.”
Nnamdi Omoni, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), who confirmed the incident, said the Command’s Bomb Unit had visited the scene, and evacuated the residues of the explosive. He added that some engineers have also gone to the scene to carry out integrity test, to ensure that the building was still safe.
“Normalcy has returned to the area, people are going about their normal duties, and the three suspects are cooperating and helping with information that would lead to the arrest of other suspects,” he said.
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