Bomb Scare In Abuja As Resident’s Flee Abandoned Car Loaded With Gas...

Bomb Scare In Abuja As Resident’s Flee Abandoned Car Loaded With Gas Cylinders

By Wires | The Trent on May 24, 2014
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A Golf car laden with gas cylinders and plastic kegs, parked at the Channel 8 area of Kubwa, Abuja, on Friday, caused scare among the residents who deemed the items as explosive devices.

The discovery of the unmarked car was communicated to the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commissioner of Police, Mbu Joseph Mbu, who promptly ordered the scanning of all abandoned vehicles in the area.

The imam of a mosque located close to the scene, Sheikh Abdulmumini Ahmad Khalid, said he alerted the police as soon as he became aware of the scare.

The anti-bomb squad of the Nigeria Police Force soon cordoned off the scene, towed the vehicle to the Kubwa Divisional Police Station and declared the area safe hours later.

Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, said what the police discovered in the vehicle were not explosives.

He also dismissed fears of an imminent attack on Kubwa.

Similarly, the spokesperson of the FCT police command, DSP Altine Daniel, confirmed that no explosive device was found on the vehicle.

She noted that the owner of the car could have been a cylinder seller who left the vehicle there after it might have developed a fault.

Last Sunday in the same area, worshippers at church were warned of suspicious objects brought into the compound and were requested, in the middle of a mass, to search the church hall for the objects.

The service, however, continued after no such objects were discovered.

Saturday Tribune visited the satellite town and found that tension was high in the area following rumours of planned attack on the town by terrorists.

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