The Nigerian Human Rights Writers Association, HURIWA, disputed the government’s and police’s allegations that teargas caused the explosion.
On Tuesday, an explosion happened in front of Amizi Amangbala Primary School in Afikpo North, Ebonyi State, causing people to become agitated and passers-by to flee for their lives.
According to witnesses, a suicide bomber was attempting to gain entry into the elementary school before accidentally blowing himself up.
The state’s police headquarters, on the other hand, refuted the claim, claiming that a police officer accidentally touched the lead of his grenade, which was hanging around his waist, with his elbow, resulting in the fatal explosion.
The report, according to Francis Nwaze, Special Assistant to the Ebonyi State Governor on Media and Publicity, is the creation of mischief-makers.
In response, HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, said in a statement on Wednesday that the police command’s explanation contradicted the state government’s declaration.
The organization demanded that the incident be investigated by an “independent forensic investigation.”
“We do not believe the official explanation provided by the Ebonyi State Government and the conflicting explanation provided by the police on the same incident,” the statement reads in part.
“We want the governor of Ebonyi State, David Nweze Umahi, and the Commissioner of the Ebonyi State Police to be arrested.
“Now, the broader question is this: assuming the policeman was not carrying a grenade, as the Ebonyi State Government claimed.
What is alone, and indeed very low-level police officer doing with a military-grade weapon in a civilian inhabited location like as a secondary school? Is Afikpo in a state of war, and are the school grounds a battleground?
“Assuming that the policeman was carrying a teargas canister that exploded and killed him, the question is: what was a policeman doing alone in a quiet school environment with a teargas canister that exploded and killed him?”