A destructive explosion, attributed to an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), wreaked havoc on a high-tension electric transmission pole in the vicinity of Unguwan Kanawa, close to the Federal Polytechnic in Bauchi. The incident, transpiring on Thursday night, resulted from the actions of unidentified individuals who employed explosives to vandalize government property.
While no human casualties were reported, the electricity transmission infrastructure suffered severe damage due to the explosion. The Bauchi State Police Command’s Public Relations Officer, Ahmed Wakil, conveyed this information in a statement released on Saturday. According to Wakil, the Chief Security Officer of the Federal Polytechnic reported the incident to the police after hearing a loud sound in the Ungwan Kanawa Area.
The statement highlighted that, following the report, a team of police operatives, including specialized personnel from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Chemicals Biological Radioactive and Nuclear (EOD-CBRN) Unit, swiftly responded to the scene. Preliminary investigations revealed that economic vandals used explosives, leading to the collapse and damage of a high-tension pole.
Wakil stated, “Some remnant components of Improvised Explosive Devices were recovered from the scene.” The Commissioner of Police, Auwal Muhammad, condemned the act and ordered a comprehensive investigation to apprehend the perpetrators. Despite the incident, he assured the public that the situation was under control, urging citizens to provide useful information to aid the investigation.
In the face of this deliberate act of destruction, the Commissioner sought continued collaboration and support from the public to safeguard the lives and property of the state’s residents. The authorities remain committed to apprehending those responsible for this act of vandalism and ensuring justice is served.