May 24, 2014

Bomb scare at Kubwa Abuja

*Passing out parade of Police Anti Bomb Squard

By Favour Nnabugwu

The Police in Kubwa, one of the most populated  satellite towns in Abuja, yesterday afternoon, foiled a bomb attack by suspected Boko Haram members as residents, market women scampered for safety.

A Volkswagon Golf car filled with gas cylinders and jerrycans of petrol was said to have been parked near ElRufai Bustop by Channel 8 Junction in Kubwa around 7 am yesterday morning, Vanguard learnt.

According to eye witnesses, many residents and passersby took to their heels upon noticing the car which they suspected could have been parked to bomb the area. Eventually the area was cordoned off by the police anti-bomb squad  invited by the Chief Imam of Kubwa Central Mosque,  Sheikh Abdulmumini Ahmad Khalid and other residents of the area.

The Spokesperson for the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Police Command, DSP Altine Daniel told newsmen later, however, that no explosive device was found in the said car. She said the vehicle had been towed by the police of the Kubwa Division, noting that the owner of the vehicle could be a cylinder seller who left the vehicle there after it might have developed a fault.

Daniel further addd that the Commissioner of Police for the FCT, Joseph Mbu had ordered all abandoned vehicles in the area to be scanned.  The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of the police Zonal Command Headquarters, Phase 4, Agabi Godiri said that normalcy had returned to the area.