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ThisDayOnline (Nigeria): ‘Militants Use Dynamites on Drilling Site’

From Ahamefula Ogbu in Port Harcourt, 07.25.2007

Police in Rivers State have said  that militants in the Niger Delta were using improvised explosive devices to carry out attacks and explained that it was the deadly device that was used to raid Lone Star Drilling in Soku, where four expatriates were kidnapped and a mobile policeman killed.

Briefing newsmen yesterday in Port Harcourt, over several arrests made where the militants worked explosives into some cans of soft drinks, so that they are easily carried without arousing suspicion.

Police revealed this when it stormed Soku after the attack on the Company drilling an oil well for Shell Petroleum DevelopmentCompany (SPDC) on July 4, 2007. They said their men rushed to the scene, recovered seven home made bombs and  several shells of expended 7.62mm AK 47 riffle ammunition.

On closer examination, high explosives were repackaged into cans which gave insight into how the explosives were abused in the region. “Physical examination of the home made bombs showed that HighExplosive (HE) had been repackaged into empty cans of power horse and red bull energy drinks.

The centre body of each of the cans has an opening into which plain detonator duly encapsulated with safety-fuse was firmly inserted into the High Explosive,” IrejuBarasua, the State Police Public Relations Officer said.

Other suspects paraded at the briefing include, Friday John and Legbosi Needam, who were apprehended with firearms and dynamite, and four suspects arrested on July 18, 2007, at Oduoha junction for being in possession of dynamites. They are Kingsley Moses, Ntana Festus, Tammy Nyefibo and Godsgift Zephania, caught with electric detonator. Some of them owned up to being in possession of the dynamites, but explained that they used them for fishing, even though it had been outlawed for that purpose.

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