By Marie-Therese Nanlong
Residents of Dogon Karfe area of Jos North local government area of Plateau state yesterday scampered for safety when a car suspected to be laden with bomb was abandoned for hours in the area.
The 505 Peugeot car with tinted glasses was parked close to a spot where Muslim faithful hold jummat prayers and a recall of abandoned vehicles which turned out to be carriers of bombs which exploded on May 20, 2014 at the Terminus area brought panic in the area.
The bomb scare which resulted in pandemonium caused heavy traffic jam along major roads in the town as motorists avoided the Dogon Karfe axis which links other parts of the town.
The State Police Command denied the existence of bomb in the said vehicle but it was gathered that its Bomb Disposal Unit detonated the bomb before it could explode.
However, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Abuh Emmanuel said, “the attention of the Police was drawn to a certain car parked at Dogon Karfe. When it was searched, it was found to contain personal effects but we are investigating to know the owner of the vehicle and why it was packed there for such a long time.”
He assured residents not to panic but go about their business as “the bomb disposal unit had combed the car and discovered that it contained items of clothing and other personal effects.”