BY EVELYN USMAN, MONSURU OLOWOOPEJO & ESTHER ONYEGBULA
LAGOS— Business activities were disrupted on Lagos Island, yesterday, following an alarm that an explosive had been planted in a market on the popular Nnamdi Azikiwe Street.
Alarmed traders and residents ran in different directions for fear of being caught in the explosion.
However, the Lagos Police Command has described the alarm as false.
Reports had it that the substance suspected to be a grenade was discovered in front of a company along Nnamdi Azikiwe Street.
An unconfirmed report also said the combustive substance was programmed to explode in three hours time from the time it was discovered.
It was also gathered that the substance was sighted barely after a man had finished giving alms to beggars around the area, after which he advised them to immediately leave the place before he zoomed off.
Calls and text messages were sent to loved ones to avoid Lagos Island.
During the confusion, some policemen attached to banks around the area were said to have advised people to vacate the scene.
Just then, a foreigner was reportedly seen attempting to go to the barricaded area. An official of the Central Business District, CBD, according to eye witnesses, apprehended the unidentified man and handed him over to the police.
No cause for alarm —Police
However, when spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, Ngozi Braide, was contacted, she stated that there was no bomb at the Island, explaining that when the substance was taken for analysis by officials of the Anti-Bomb Unit, it was discovered to be a sealant (industrial glue). She, however, appreciated the person that raised the alarm, saying it showed that Lagosians were being security conscious .
According to her: “There was nothing like bomb in Lagos. What happened was that some people saw an object abandoned on the floor and alerted the Police. We deployed operatives from the Anti-Bomb Unit who went to the scene, cordoned off the area, got the bag and took it away for analysis, where it was discovered not to be a bomb afterall. There was nothing suggestive of combustive substance.
It was discovered to be a sealant. They are used in industries and for fixing ships when there is leakage. Lagos is safe. There is no cause for alarm.”