By  Kingsley Omonobi & Mitaire IKPEN, Abuja
As rampaging terrorists continue to unleash terror around the country, an era of bomb scares in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja appears to be far from over as yet another bomb scare around the AP Plaza in Wuse II district left residents scampering for safety and the vicinity almost deserted yesterday morning.

Residents of the area reportedly woke up to find a Honda Academy vehicle abandoned opposite  Guarantee Trust Bank near the AP Plaza along Ademola Adetokunbo Crescent, Wuse II, Abuja.

According to a resident who spoke to Saturday Vanguard, the abandoned vehicle attracted suspicion from residents of the area who felt the vehicle may be ladened with explosives.

While suspicious residents and business owners fled the area as early as 9am, they also spread text and blackberry messages that people should avoid the district.

The bomb scare attracted the anti-bomb squad of the FCT police command who circumspectly approached the vicinity, sniffing for explosives.

With no explosive discovered, the owner of the abandoned vehicle eventually showed up and was promptly picked up by the police for further investigations despite pleas that his vehicle only broke down in the early hours of the day and that he had gone in search of a mechanic.  Confirming the development, FCT police public relations officer, Mr. Jimoh Moshood, said the vehicle and its owner are now with police investigators, adding that security in the district and the entire FCT has been beefed up.

While appealing to FCT residents to go about their duties without apprehension, Jimoh however urged them to report any suspicious movement in their vicinities to the nearest police station.

“A vehicle abandoned in the early hours of today around AP Plaza in Wuse II District was screened by Police Anti Bomb Squad and Police Armament Unit, no bomb or explosive was found.

“The location is rendered safe. The vehicle and the owner are now with police investigators. Security in the area and all other locations in the FCT has been beefed up.

“Members of the public should go about their duties and businesses without fear or apprehension but report any suspicious movements in their environments to the nearest police station or call 08032003913, 08061581938,” Jimoh said.

It would be recalled that Banex and Emab plazas in the same Wuse II District were deserted on Tuesday following a bomb scare in the area.

The management of the plazas reportedly advised shop owners to close their businesses following a threat letter received, warning of bomb attacks in the area.  The scare attracted several detachments of policemen and soldiers deployed to provide security in the area on May Day.

Policemen were still visible at the entrances to the plazas yesterday, searching persons and vehicles entering the plazas as part of precautionary measures.”


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