Barely two days after the twin bomb blasts in Jos market which claimed over 100 lives, there was pandemonium yesterday at ‘Laushi’ shopping complex of the popular ‘Wunti’ market in Bauchi when some objects suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were seen in the complex.
The discovery of the suspected explosives caused panic among the traders and customers, just as rumour spread in the Bauchi State capital that the market was on fire.
Commenting on the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer for the state command, DSP Haruna Muhammed, said they were alerted to the suspected bombs, adding that the anti-bomb squads were deployed to the scene immediately, and they discovered that the items were three kerosene stoves, which were later evacuated by the police.
Mohammed, however, urged traders in the market and all other markets in the metropolis to be vigilant and report the presence of strange objects to the police in good time, and stay away from same, pending the arrival of anti-bomb experts.
Also, in Kano, civil servants at the Audu Bako Secretariat, yesterday fled their duty posts because of an abandoned vehicle suspected to be laced with explosive devices.
The vehicle, a Honda, had been parked at the secretariat for some time and was not immediately identified as belonging to any of the staff of the secretariat. This triggered the suspicion of the workers, who in turn, quickly drew the attention of the police.
While policemen from the Anti Bomb Disposal Unit were on their way, news of the suspected vehicle went round the offices and in a matter of minutes, the panicky workers dropped whatever they were doing and fled the area.
Contacted on the bomb scare, the Police Public Relations Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police Magaji Magiya, confirmed the incident, but said that the suspected vehicle had been checked by their officers and nothing dangerous was found.
He suspected that the vehicle belonged to a staff of University of Dutse, Jigawa State, whose identity card was found inside the car, adding that the vehicle had been taken to the police headquarters for further investigation.
Thanking the workers for their vigilance and prompt report to the police, he urged members of the public to report any suspicious character or object in their immediate environment to security agencies .
Category: Bauchi State News