May 16, 2013

Police probe bomb threat sent to Shoprite owner

By Evelyn Usman
LAGOS — The Lagos State Police Command, Thursday, said it had begun investigation into threat by some unknown person to blow up Shoprite offices in the state.

Vanguard reliably gathered that an unknown person sent a text message informing owner of Shoprite of his group’s intention to blow up all Shoprite shops in Nigeria.

Although the unknown sender did not state the reason, but he disclosed that already, members of his group had planted  some explosives in some packs of fruit juice at Shoprite   Victoria Island branch.

The text message caused panic as customers reportedly fled the entire mall  while motorists deserted the route, with text messages sent to loved ones around the vicinity to avoid the route.

It was even rumoured that there was a bomb explosion around the area.

Part of the text message read: “It is true, we do not deserve amnesty.  You’ll even be surprised  how I got your number. We came to Shoprite on a mission to drop a bomb. That day, we sow bullet into Five Alive packs. We are from Niger. Someone gave us your number from Abuja. We will make sure we destroy every Shoprite…”

But sources at the Lagos State Police Command told Vanguard that investigation had begun to ascertain the identity of the sender. Although sources dismissed the text message as mere threat but said the command would still go ahead with its investigation.