Barely five days to the governorship election in Anambra State, a substance suspected to be a bomb was discovered at the State office of the Independence National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The electoral office was however thrown into confusion Monday after the susbstance was discovered.
The Anambra State Governorship poll is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017.
Earlier, the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra had threatened to hinder the poll, saying what the people needed was a referendum to determine if they wanted a sovereign state of Biafra and not a governorship election.
It was gathered on Monday that the suspected explosive was planted near the state INEC gate.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Dr Nkwachukwu Orji, however, denied knowledge of the bomb scare.
“I don’t think I know what you are talking about,” the REC said.
But some INEC workers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed the incident.
They said the substance was first sighted in the early hours of Monday.
“All of us ran away when somebody said it was a bomb. We were all scared to stay in our offices until the bomb experts came and defused the device.
“Let this election be conducted once and for all so that that we can rest. This is scary,” one of them said.
The State police command has equally denied knowledge of the substance.
Speaking on the telephone to the Punch newspaper, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Nkeiruka Nwode, said she was not aware of the development.
Asked why there was a large number of bomb disposal experts at the INEC Secretariat, Nwode said it was part of preparations for the Saturday governorship election.