The Imo State Police Command in Owerri on Sunday defused a substance identified as an Improvised Explosive Device hidden under a flower pot at the entrance of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) along Port Harcourt road in the state capital.
The substance, kept in a polythene bag, had a bad refrigerator compressor, 2 cigarette lighters and a timer.
While assessing the scene, the State Commissioner for Police, Abdulmajid Ali, alongside other security chiefs in the state said the police command got the intelligence report at midnight and immediately directed the anti-bomb squad to the scene.
He further disclosed that 6 persons who were found hovering around the area as at the time the substance was found have been arrested and are facing interrogation at the command headquarters.
Some members of the church who spoke to newsmen said as usual, they were on their way for the first service which starts at about 8:00am but were barricaded by security operatives few meters from the church entrance with reasons that security operatives discovered explosives at the entrance of the church.
The Commissioner appealed to the people of the state to remain calm as all security operatives in the state are available to ensure peace and stability in the state.
However, the state government has commended the efforts of the security operatives in averting what would have been a devastating incident in the state. The government however called on the people of the state to remain calm and go about their lawful duties as the government and the security operatives will ensure that the peace and stability enjoyed in the state is not breached.
Meanwhile, the incident did not deter members of the church from their normal Sunday service as they were moved to the Heroes Square within Owerri metropolis, where they carried out their service.