The Ebonyi State Police Command has denied reports of suicide bombing in the south eastern state.
Earlier on Tuesday, reports emerged that a suspected suicide bomber blew himself up in front of a primary school in Amaizu- Amangballa Afikpo.
But the police spokesperson in the state, Loveth Odah, has debunked the claims, explaining that it was a police officer attached to Afikpo police Division that was killed by an explosive device suspected to be hand grenade.
Odah explained that the officer, identified as Idi Aminu mistakenly hit the device and it exploded and killed him.
She further clarified that the incident was an accident and that the public should not be thrown into unnecessary panic.
Governor David Umahi also described the incident as fake news confirming that the device was a grenade of a security personnel and not a bomb as being speculated.
The governor who spoke through his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze said: “The above news is in sharp contrast to the reality as the incident was a grenade of a security personnel carrying out his duties at the said location that accidentally exploded. A similar incident equally occurred in front of the Ebonyi State Old Government House as some mobile police officers were servicing their APC machine. The first incident took the life of a passerby while the second caused injuries on the affected person, who has been taken to the hospital, where he is currently receiving treatment”.
“The general public is, therefore, charged to disregard the fake news as it is the handiwork of enemies of the state who are bent on causing panic where none exists”.
“Furthermore, Ebonyians and residents of Ebonyi State are reminded that generating and spreading of fake news aimed at causing panic in the state is actionable”.