Houses Destroyed as Explosion Rocks Benin

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Reports coming out of the capital of Edo State, Benin City say there was early morning explosion that rocked the ancient city.

According to a report by Vanguard, the explosion occured at Dumez Street, off the Benin/Auchi expressway, Eyean.

The explosion was said to have affected six houses in the area which suffering varying degrees of damage.

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Eyewitness account from the landlord of one of the damaged houses said there was a very loud noise in the early hours of the morning after which the houses in the area shook and swayed.

He added that the explosion was suspected to be a bomb because a bomb maker stayed nearby.

“I am Pastor David Iginua and my house is 42, Arete Street, off Benin Auchi road, Eyaen, which is just behind where the explosion took place.

As I sat there, all of a sudden, I heard a terrific sound. I looked, ran inside, I didn’t see what happened.

“So I have to come outside and I started discovering things.

“So I started looking for where the sound came from but just to discover that a heavy smoke was coming out from the man’s compound.

“From the rumour we are heard, the man used to manufacture bombs.

“And it is like he tested it inside his well. Assuming he brought it out, it would have finished the community.

“The way this house shook, everybody came out to say how their houses shook.”

The witness recounted.

The commissioner of police for Edo State, Lawal Jimeta however said the cause of the explosion was yet to be ascertained and an investigation was still being carried out.

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