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Text of report by private Nigerian newspaper The Guardian website on 3 January
[Unattributed report: "No Sectarian Violence in Delta, Says Govt"]
The Delta State Government has denied that the two blasts, through Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) near a mosque at Sapele, were revenge attacks on the Muslim community.
Dismissing the reports as "mischievous tales," a statement by Information Commissioner Chike C. Ogeah, said: "Although the explosions around the Sapele Mosque occurred within a few days of each other, they were not perpetrated by any group targeting the Muslim community in Delta State.