An attempt was made Monday to disrupt the on-going Amnesty confab organised in Warri, Delta State when two car bombs exploded close to the conference venue.
It had been organised to push further last year’s amnesty programme by the Federal government.
The post amnesty conference was organised by Vanguard Newspapers, a front-line News organisation in Nigeria.
Three governors were caught up in the eventual stampede as the bombs exploded very close to the venue where they were special guest of honours.
The governors are Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and Ikeddy Ohakim of Imo State. A militant group has claimed responsibility describing the conference as a charade.
These governors were already at the venue when the bombs went off, at twenty minutes interval at the Government House Annex, Warri, Delta State. The bombs were planted in two cars parked opposite the venue.
The governors were listening to the welcome address by Chief Sam Amuka Pemu, publisher of the Vanguard newspapers, the organisers of the conference, meant to advance the cause of peace in the Niger Delta.
The Bayelsa State governor, Timipre Sylva was being expected for the afternoon session when the incident happened.
Six persons who were injured were taken to the hospital.
Panic stricken guests at the event ran for dear lives and according to reports, the three governors retreated into a meeting.
The conference was being broadcast live by Africa Independent Television, AIT when the bombs exploded. The organizers were heard calling the rowdy delegates at the conference to order before the transmission suddenly went off air.
Militants owned up setting up the bombs, claiming that the confab was a charade as it was not meant for them as the beneficiaries of the amnesty, claiming that they were not invited to the confab.
The post-Amnesty national dialogue which was initiated by Vanguard Media Limited and supported by the Federal Government and some State governments was to hold for two days.
It was also backed by the South-South elders like Edwin Clark, Mosop leader, Ledun Mittee and others who today stormed the oil city in expectation of preaching peace in the Niger-Delta.