The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) in Cross River arrested a 31-year-old Aniebet John with suspected improvised explosive device, IEDs.
NSCDC state commander Samuel Fadeyi, parading the suspect on Tuesday at the command headquarters in Calabar, said NSCDC officers arrested the suspect on June 25.
Fadeyi confirmed that the suspect was arrested with the three explosives including three connecting elements.
According to him, the suspect was arrested in the Akamkpa Local Government Area (LGA) of the state as he attempted to pass the explosives to an unidentified source in the Obubra LGA of the state.
“The lady was trying to send the device which she had sealed in a nylon bag to Obubra LGA.
“Sending explosives on public transport is illegal, so of course we intercepted this lady who said someone sent her to send to another person.
“We are on the trail of the other suspects who are also involved but now at large,” he said.
The commander noted that upon investigation, they found out that the suspect’s husband is a master explosives worker who works at a construction company.
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He explained that the suspect explosives were among those used in one of Akamkpa’s construction companies and that the husband could have smuggled.
He further said that the command would transfer the matter to the Department of State Services for further investigation.
“We have a unit called the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosives Unit which acquaints us with some of the explosives in their packages.
“When an explosive moves, the national security adviser knows it.
“The National Security Advisor informs security agencies of the origin, route and destination so that we can keep track of them and ensure that they are used for this purpose.
“This explosive device is capable of causing more damage to humans and property if it detonates,” he said.
He urged residents of the state to be vigilant about their safety and to report any suspicious person or group of people around them to security agencies.
The suspect said her husband gave her the suspicious devices to hand over to someone from Obubra local government.
She explained that she had no other knowledge of the device other than the husband’s use of it at the time.