By Peters
01 June 2021

No fewer than 6 persons sustained various degrees of injury in an explosion at Mile Three Motor Park in Port Harcourt City Local Government Area of Rivers State.

The explosion emanated from a substance suspected to be a dynamite.

The Newsmen learnt that the incident occurred yesterday at about 6:20 a.m., when traders were moving into the park with their goods to resume business.

Two persons allegedly sustained severe injuries on their legs while others, mostly women, suffered various injuries as a result of the ensuing stampede and were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

When The newsmen visited, there was no death recorded as it was learnt that the detonators allegedly dropped the explosives on the ground with the intention to cause a scare and not to cause deaths.

However, the incident resulted in a pandemonium as residents and traders shut down their shops in fear.

Meanwhile, the state police command has confirmed the incident, reiterating that there was no death recorded.

The spokesperson for the command, SP Nnamdi Omoni, in a statement, said; “The police can confirm that there was an explosion this morning at the Mile 3 Market in the Port Harcourt Local Government Area of the state.

“A locally fabricated dynamite exploded when one Mrs. Ifemia Aloke, popularly known as ‘ Mama Joy,’ opened her fish shop, inflicting injuries on her son and another young lady, who are currently receiving medical attention but no life was lost in the incident.

“The Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) was immediately dispatched to the scene to sweep and render the entire market safe. Normal trading activities resumed immediately,” Omoni said.