By EVELYN USMAN
IKEJA-Lagos State Police Commissioner, Mr. Yakubu Alkali, Thursday, said the suspected combustive substance discovered Wednesday at Ikeja Local Government Secretariat lacked every major component of an Improvised Explosive Device, IED, commonly known as bomb, at the end of the analysis carried out by the Bomb Disposal Unit.
He advised Lagosians, particularly government workers and shop owners around the secretariat, some of whom are still gripped with fear, to go about their lawful business.
At a briefing, yesterday, at the Command headquarters, Ikeja, Alkali said before any substance would be assumed as IED, it must have four basic components, which comprised the container, a wire from where connection is made, the power surge and the explosive itself.
He said the recovered substance, which discovery threw the entire area into disarray, lacked these major components.
“It was expertly concluded that the substance was not an IED , or bomb as it is commonly called. Expert from the Bomb Squad arrived the scene, collected the substance, demobilised it to ascertain whether the claim was true. At the end of the analysis, the four basic ingredients were lacking.”
The battery, for instance, was not there, there was no container neither was any wire present.
“The analysis showed that the object was not a bomb because it did not depict any elements of explosives and that was why I decided to allay the fears of members of the public,” Alkali said.
Noting that the substance could have been kept at the secretariat by some miscreant, who intended to disturb the peace of the state, he added that the command on its part, was more ready than before, to deal with criminals, warning them in their interest to leave Lagos for good or remain at their peril.