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One Dead, Many Injured As Bomb Explosion Destroys Pharmaceutical Firm In Ile Ife

By Sodiq Lawal

There was a pandemonium in Ile Ife on Saturday night when a bomb explosion killed one person,  injured many and destroyed millions of property.

The bomb explosion destroyed a popular pharmaceutical firm, Ebenko pharmacy at Moore area in Ile Ife at 11:06pm on Saturday, forcing residents near the scene of the incident to run for safety.

According to a resident living beside the pharmaceutical firm, Mr Moshood Tunde disclosed that there was a dispute over the building by the family members of the deceased owner on how to share the deceased property.

One person was reportedly feared killed after  the explosion rocked a popular pharmaceutical company, Ebenco in the Moore area of Ile Ife.

The explosion was also said to have affected some of the adjoining buildings, while the area was cordoned off by the police.

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Residents told journalists that an improvised explosive device was planted in the building.

A resident,   Bola Ibraheem told  Ife City News  that one who claimed was a relative of the owner of the building, had been badly injured when he was eventually removed by emergency management workers.

He added that the victim was rushed to the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital Complex where he died on Sunday.

Ife City News however gathered that the owner of the building died in November 2017 and there was a crisis on the sharing of his property, which included the building.

The leader of firefighters in the state, Mr. Mike Ogundipe, told  Ife City News that his men put out the fire that resulted from the explosion and ensure that it was not allowed to re-ignite to other area.

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Meanwhile,  the State Public Relation Officer  Folashade Odoro  when contacted could not confirm the nature of the explosion  saying that the cause of the incident had yet to be ascertained.

“One Adebayo Seun of Moore Street, Ile Ife, reported at the ‘A’ Division that around 10.15pm, after closing their pharmaceutical shop, someone called him that there was a fire incident in their shop.

“As they turned back to Ife, they discovered that the whole equipment used in the pharmacy, drugs and other goods therein, valued at about N50m, were razed by fire, while the storeyed building also collapsed. The cause is unknown. No life was lost. Investigation is ongoing.”

 

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