The Agbado community in the Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State was on Saturday thrown into confusion after an explosion shattered the arm of a teenager, Olawale Adekanbi.
According to Punch, the 17-year-old was said to be running an errand for his parents and saw a round object on the road which he reportedly kicked with his foot. He later picked up the object and it exploded soon after he did, shattering his arm and inflicting injuries to his legs.
Adekanbi, who is on admission at Dr. Happiness clinic, a local medical facility in the area, said he was returning from the errand when he found a “ball” and decided to play with it.
He said, “When I woke up on Saturday, my dad asked me to run an errand for him. When I was retuning, around 9am, I saw something that looked like a ball on the road and I started kicking it and playing with it.
“When I approached the main road and saw many vehicles on the road, I decided to pick it up. As I picked it, it exploded in my hand and shattered my palm.”
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The traditional ruler of the community, Alhaji Lateef Adewale, said he believed it was a bomb explosion.
The incident was said to have been reported at the Ayinla Police station.
The Ogun State Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi, confirmed the incident but described the explosion as “mysterious”.
He said, “We didn’t have any bomb explosion because we sent a team to the place, led by the OC Explosive Ordinance Department of the police, and we could not see any material, item or remnant to suggest it was a bomb. But they are claiming it was a bomb explosion that cut off the boy’s hand.
“Maybe it was a mysterious explosion, I cannot tell, because we could not see any material. The Commissioner of Police has ordered that the Divisional Police Officer and the EOD should continue to investigate the matter.”