An anti-bomb unit attached to Oyo state police command detonated improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on Tuesday at Abolongo Custodial Centre in Oyo town, Oyo State.
One of the dangerous devices was spotted by Nigerian Tribune’s correspondent on Sunday behind a security post when the custodial centre was visited to assess the situation of things after the invasion by armed attackers on Friday.
The IEDs were said to have been thrown at different parts of the custodial centre to blast walls and surrounding areas, for easy access, and destabilize the correctional officers.
The effect of the blast from such explosives was seen on the guard tower erected close to the entrance of the centre.
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer of the state command’s Nigeria Correctional Service, Olanrewaju Anjorin, said that it was a controlled detonation of the explosive device which was carried out by experts from bomb disposal unit of the Nigeria Police Force.
Anjorin stated further that the anti-bomb unit was invited to detonate the devices so that lives and property of people around the vicinity would not be endangered.
The commander of Nigeria Hunters Council, Taoheed Olanrewaju, also told the Nigerian Tribune that he and his men would be on the lookout for more devices and call the attention of authorities to them if found so that they would also be detonated to forestall danger to innocent people.