Traders, residents panic as ‘explosion’ hits Enugu market, 11-month-old baby dies, scores injury

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An eleven-month-old baby was feared dead while several others sustained varying degrees injuries, when an imaginary occurred at the Eke Ozi Igboeze North local government area state Friday.

The incident, which occurred at about 2:00pm few metres the Divisional Police Headquarters at Ogrute, was be a bomb blast, making the and traders scamper for .

It was however later discovered that it was a mere fire-cracker popularly known as knock-out thrown by some children were playing around the .

The sound the fire-cracker threw the entire market into pandemonium as marketers thought members the sect had invaded the area. [eap_ad_1] the ensuing melee, the eleven-month-old baby was trampled upon, while hoodlums had a field day looting shops, during the stampede, which lasted for several minutes.

The panic came barely a month after 21 members of were intercepted at Obolo Afor community, about four kilometres away from Igboeze North.

The police authorities however dismissed the allegation that the suspects were members of the terrorist group as they were moved the police headquarters, Abuja for interrogation.

Inspite of police assurance, there has been apprehension the area the extent that the people are ready take their heels at the slightest sound. Both Ezike and Obolo Afor are border towns between Benue and states.

As at the time of filing this report, commercial activities had resumed at the market, even as traders whose shops were looted lamented their losses.

Efforts to get the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, DSP Ebere Amarizu, could yield any result as his phone was switched .

But a police officer refused to have his name in print, said the police high command was still studying the situation and would issue a statement in due course. “But the little we got shows it was really an ,” he said (DailyPost)[eap_ad_4]