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Fire Explosion in Rumuokoro Park, Port Harcourt Causes Tension & Unrest



Reports of an explosion in Rumuokoro area of Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital this morning has caused an unrest across the nation, with many fearing it was another bomb blast.

While some versions of the report say it was a bomb blast, others say the fire explosion was caused by a petrol tanker.

Information about the nature of the blast is still sketchy, however, there are reports that some people died with others getting injured in the explosion.

The loud explosions caused a lot of tension in the area with people scampering about for their safety.

May the souls of those who died in the explosion Rest In Peace.


The explosion this morning has been attributed to a commercial bus carrying suspected armed robbers. The incident which occurred about 10.30 -11pm caused tension in Rivers state as people speculated it was Boko Haram that had invaded the state.

A suspected armed robber was killed when explosives his gang was transporting accidentally went off in the centre of Nigeria’s main oil city of Port Harcourt this morning.

The blast ripped through a minibus carrying at least three suspected robbers, four AK-47 rifles and a large amount of ammunition, Rivers State Police Commissioner Mohammed Abdulkadir Indabawa told Reuters.

Two people in the bus and a woman who was nearby were injured in the explosion, he added.

“We suspect they were armed robbers going (on) an operation, and things went wrong for them,” said Indabawa.

He ruled out terrorism, stressing that occupants of the vehicle were probably going for a robbery operation when the explosion occurred. Though he could not explain how the explosion came about but he said he was sure they were on a robbery mission because some riffles and huge catch of ammunition were recovered in the bus which burst into flames  immediately after the explosion.

Here are some pictures from the scene of the blast.

News Source: Vanguard | Reuters

Photo Source: Twitter

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. chigal

    May 17, 2012 at 12:59 pm wa o

  2. LPS

    May 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    OMG! Not again!!!Sad!

  3. Guest

    May 17, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Lord have mercy

  4. melee

    May 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    may their souls rest in peace. Amen!


      May 18, 2012 at 5:29 pm


  5. Truth Teller

    May 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Regardless of weather the explosion is Boko Haram or not, The FG should really think of changing their strategies rather than the default “stop n search”. I pray for comfort for the families and loved ones of the departed, so so sad.

  6. Liberty

    May 17, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    May God minister to the families of the victims, and may there souls rest i peace.

  7. missymay

    May 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    the end is really near.

  8. Tunextica

    May 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    This is an old news doesnt seem to be the latest one that happened 2dai Igwuruta roundabout is far off from rumuokoro roundout.

  9. Mbom

    May 17, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    May God have mercy on us… How threatening but we will surely live through this insolence

  10. chidy

    May 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    its a pity, where are the rulers, government, cops, fire fighters??? and people say Nigeria is not cursed? May God keep us alive to witness the end of this.

    • ij

      May 18, 2012 at 9:45 am

      Fire fighters? you’ve just let me spill tea on my keyboard

  11. unknown

    May 17, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    But why misinform people. From the pictures you uploaded did you see any tanker.
    A bus with passengers blow up & there was no petrol tanker close by at all.

  12. 9jabrain

    May 17, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    May God help us

  13. Debbie

    May 17, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    There was an explosion this morning no doubt but details are sketchy. The Petrol tanker fire explosion is an old gist from like 2 months ago, where the tanker fell at Igwuruta round about early hours of one morning. I know because one of my Church members managed to escape with his wife and 2 kids but lost his house and all his property.

  14. Ogbela4

    May 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    This is very lazy journalism. The Igwuruta roundabout petrol tank fire, that led to the destruction of fire trucks by youths in the area, occured months ago. Today’s explosion is being talked about on the radio now. It happened in the Rumuokoro area, and details are yet to be confirmed by the police. They have claimed, however, that this is not a Boko Haram related issue.

  15. sugaplum

    May 17, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    May the souls of the dead rest in peace, amen. Sometimes tho, I don’t get why a passer by wld wanna snap a mutilated corpse in such an instance. Do they feel happy when they see such pictures in their phones? Totally don’t understand that……

  16. Debby

    May 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    It’s so sad, may their soul RIP
    I almost thought it was a bomb blast cos it’s close to my office.

  17. chigal

    May 17, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    i heard it was a gas cylinder that exploded in a bus of armed robbers!

  18. Layor

    May 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    God please whether tanker or blast….have mercy on us….someone still has the heart to stand and snap that dead body….Only God protects…My heart goes out to the relatives of the family of four..R.I.P

  19. udoka jane

    May 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    Blood of God, not again, Naija which way forward bikonu…..mtcheeww……

  20. ella

    May 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    dis is not today’s story o like debbie said that one happened a while ago around 4.30 -5 in the morning ..i live in ph and the details are still vague here too

  21. Ebywonder

    May 17, 2012 at 2:16 pm

    Oh! May God help us all IJN.

  22. Chisom felix amadi

    May 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    Boko haram’s must surrender one day

  23. sunday Benedict

    May 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Always be prayerful were ever you find yourseif and God almighty will never let you down.

  24. Robin

    May 17, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    The explosion was not initiated by a bomb but a mistake by a group of armed robbers riding in the bus who apparently ignited their ammunition while smoking.
    Only the driver was killed, other 3 occupants are in hospital in police custody.
    3 AK47 rifles were recovered from the vehicle. No crater was created by the explosion, proving it wasn’t a bomb; no shrapnel, no shock wave as by standers were not affected.
    This coroborates eye-witness reports already received.

  25. udensi timothy

    May 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    our people is dieing every day in bomb blast in the hand of boko haram,goodluck we know you are trying to secure these nation stil nothing can do about it to change it i suggest for you to handle these nation unto God let God fight for us since boko haram decided to sacrified themseif is only God can stop them.

  26. Debby

    May 17, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    Nooo @Debbie, this actually happened this morning. Check the news everywhere.

  27. Chris Dumuijay

    May 17, 2012 at 3:17 pm

    No Comment. Am just trying to look beyond what I see, to see if help can come to our dear nation from Zerubable…. God Help Us……Amen n Amen.

  28. jenny

    May 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    we pray for God’s mercy in this country oooooo abeg ooooo

  29. kesmond nice

    May 17, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Let’s us nt stop prayin,our God is able

  30. Gidi

    May 17, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    That pic of the guy taking a pic of the burnt mutilated body just depicts the present state of humanity.

    More importantly, my thoughts and prayers are with the affected.

  31. judith okafor

    May 17, 2012 at 3:38 pm

    oh God, plz help our nation Nigeria……………..innocent lives are being taken away by human beings……….God plz come to our rescue.

  32. Adomu

    May 17, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Dis boko haram animals have reached rivers may god deliver nigera.

  33. Akpila pamela

    May 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    Oh my God dis is hrt breakin…. So sad ryt nw…. May der souls rest in peace IJN

  34. kelly

    May 17, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    if this turns out to be another boko attack, this country will be plunged into futher blood shed.

  35. Couture By Makioba

    May 17, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    oh my Port Harcourt…
    Lord pls protect my families and friends.

  36. UsaveOne

    May 17, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    Who and where shall Nigerians run to? Everything thing in Nigeria has been politicized and sectionalized.

    God save innocent Nigerians from b0mbs.


  37. Brigitta

    May 17, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    OMG! please help us in this Nation…

  38. Orokor

    May 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    We naiga known dat jonathan is tryg,he wi not kil himself:but only God wil fight 4 his regime.the pple of rivers state as we are sleepg we should sleep wit one eye open.

  39. Beatrice

    May 17, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Dir’s notin lyk bomb blast,anyway may dir soul rest in perfect peace n may God 4give dose criminals.

  40. Abdulrasheed

    May 17, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    This thing happen for northern nigeria an known is going to earstern part. this one let for us to understarnd what our president reward for nigerian

  41. Anna oduh

    May 17, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    God hv mercy,n grant comfort to d affectd families.

  42. Muyiwa Ajii

    May 17, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    God declare evil on evil doer.if 2 say dt ds will serve as lesson 2 the remaining bastard nothing so call them self robber. may God have mercy on them.and they shoul go and look 4 job dn killing bc of money and spoiling d image of their farmily.

  43. Nkomadu charity uguwuchi

    May 18, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Rivers people shouid be careful cos d boko haram dat is d strategy they went to use to enter rivers-state.hauasa u people are looking for our trouble.l pity peoople dat lost their lives during dis incident.God should console d family individua fear has grap every body in d state.

  44. justice

    May 18, 2012 at 6:12 am

    9ja security agency can lair is not a tanker Ooº°˚ ˚°ºo. Dat is a blast they shld stp deceiving us, ℓ know is bcos of the public not to get scared. But na bomb blast Ooº°˚ ˚°ºo

  45. Sussan

    May 18, 2012 at 6:44 am

    What a country! Wat a state! God pls help us for d weapon of our welfare are nt cannal…. Nigeria, can’t we live in peace nd harmony?

  46. Omeni Kate

    May 18, 2012 at 10:05 am

    l think the world is really coming to an end, cos all this is getting real out of hand oooo

  47. Klintzman

    May 18, 2012 at 10:49 am

    2day nobody talks abt biafra cos stories of biafra war against nigeria is more scary dan d real mr. Death itself. I just pray a war btw nigeria n d northerners is not goin 2 b d end product of dis turmoil in d country. Cos if it does happen it wud b a sad xperience dat fadas of 2moro wil hav 2 tel their children dat there was once a tribe called hausa (northerners).

  48. Osigwe Promise

    May 18, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    weda boko or bomb, al we pray is dat God shld help nd return peace to d country if tis not his wil dat al dis shld hapen. But rememba, d end is near, so u hv to repent nw.

  49. Idowu Akeem

    May 20, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Naija plz no tenson,god is in control,hence we are alife we shuld pray to god abt our country 4 peace and hermony among the three major language’s to no we’are one Nigerian.

  50. samuel ekati

    May 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    no be boko haram, just some useless armed robbers. 4 AK47 were discovered after the bombing. was an explosion of dynamite

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