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Television station in Lagos attacked with explosive device

(MRA/IFEX) - On 22 December 2009 at about 1:00 p.m. local time, a device suspected to be a bomb exploded at a building in Lagos, the commercial capital of Nigeria, occupied by a privately owned television station, Superscreen Television.

Superscreen Television occupies the 7th and 9th floors of Logemo House along the long stretch of a motorway known as Ikorodu Road in Lagos.

Reports said a middle-aged man had earlier arrived at the building with some parcels addressed to two senior managers of the television station and asked for directions to their offices saying he had a "high priority message" to deliver to them.

The visitor was reportedly ushered into the building and was being led up the staircase when the content of one of the parcels exploded, rocking the building and adjoining structures. The suspect who delivered the bombs was badly injured: he lost both his hands and went blind. He was reported to have said later that he was forced at gun point to deliver the parcels.

The explosion attracted the attention of police officers attached to the nearby Ilupeju Division and officials of the Police Bomb Disposal Squad who rushed to the scene and asked everyone to evacuate the building.

The Police Bomb Disposal Squad later recovered three other explosives from the premises and detonated them before the building was certified safe for the workers to return.

When Ayode Longe of Media Rights Agenda spoke with Ani Ananaba, of the television station's programmes department, he said the bombs were meant for the station's transmitters and that the arsonist almost succeeded.


RECOMMENDED ACTION:

Send appeals to authorities:
- calling on the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to investigate the explosion with a view to finding the perpetrators
- asking the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to provide security for the station and its staff
- urging the Nigerian Police and other security agencies to ensure the safety of citizens, especially journalists carrying out their professional duties


APPEALS TO:

Mr. Ogbonnaya Onovo
Inspector General of Police
Force Headquarters
Loius Edet House
Shehu Shagari Way
Area 11 Garki,
Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: +234 9 234 0633 / 234 0422
Fax: +234 9 234 0422
E-mail: [email protected]

Prof. Dora Akunyili
Hon. Minister for Information and National Orientation
Federal Ministry of Information Radio House
Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: +234 9 234 6350 / 234 6351 / 523 7183 / 523 8232 / 234 4107
E-mail: [email protected]

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