Two separate explosions rocked Yenagoa, the capital of Nigeria’s southern Bayelsa, which is the home state of President Goodluck Jonathan, a senior official and the police said on Thursday.
“The two explosions took place late Wednesday night in Bayelsa. One of them took place at the residence of the state’s deputy governor (Peremobowei Ebebi). The second took place elsewhere in the city,” Ebebi’s spokesman Charles Tambo told AFP.
“The deputy governor was in Abuja when the explosions took place. The police have cordoned off the affected areas,” Tambo said.
State police spokesman Solomon Omoemin confirmed that an explosion took place in the city late Wednesday.
“Yes I can confirm that at least one explosion took place. One of the reports I got said that it happened in the deputy governor’s residence. The details are still sketchy,” he told AFP.
This Day newspaper reported that the explosion at Ebebi’s residence destroyed a fence while the second one took place at an hotel belonging to one of his loyalists.
No one was hurt in the explosions, the newspaper said.
The police spokesman said that they were investigating the incident.
State Governor Timipre Sylva and his deputy, Ebebi, have been quarrelling in the past months over management of the state, Sylva said recently.
The state parliament on Tuesday served Ebebi with an impeachment notice for insubordination.
Ebebi was also deputy to Jonathan when he was governor of the state from 2005 to 2007.