The Peoples Democratic Party secretariat in Cross River on Monday, November 24, 2015 experienced an explosion, suspected which occurred at about 5 am and affected several buildings in the vicinity of the secretariat.
The incident was confirmed by the police, who availed that the act was perpetrated by unknown hoodlums who threw explosive devices onto the party premises after failing to beat the security forces attached to the secretariat.
According to the Cross River police spokesman, Hogan Bassey: “Early today, November 24, at about 0535 hours, hoodlums who were unable to penetrate the heavily fortified secretariat by officers and men of the command threw an explosive device from behind the premises into the building. The explosion only shattered some louvers on the ground floor. No life was lost and nobody sustained injury.”
The Cross River state PDP chairman, Mr. John Okon, said: “I understand they threw in a bomb or dynamite or something. The police are there and the anti-bomb squad are on the way. We will not be able to use the secretariat for the ward congresses; we will be using the Presidential Lodge. All the electoral officers are collecting their materials and going to the field. The windows and other things inside the office have been destroyed.”
Joel Ogunlana, who resides about 300 meters away from the secretariat said the effect of the blast was felt in his house.
He said: “I heard a loud bang and everywhere started shaking. I thought the house was going to collapse. Doors and windows of neighbouring buildings were shattered.”