A bomb explosion yesterday rocked the Wuse 2 area of the Nigeria’s capital, injured one person and shattering the windows of some buildings in the vicinity.
The explosion which eye-witnesses said occurred at about 9pm in front of a popular Park and Shopping Mall beside the Banex Plaza, was said to have occurred when most of the shop owners and customers who usually thronged the shopping mall had closed for the day.
About 10:30 pm, a combined team of soldiers, police, operatives of the State Security Service, SSS and officials of Road Safety, FRSC and National Emergency Management Agency , NEMA , had already arrived at the scene and cordoned off the entire area, thereby restricting both human and vehicular movements.
The security operatives who also prevented journalists and other members of the public who besieged the area to catch a glimpse of the incident from getting near the scene, explained that the development was to prevent any further casualty in case there was another explosion.
A security official who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the bomb was planted under a tree between the shopping mall and the Banex Plaza. He pointed out that there could have been other bombs hidden within the vicinity which he said, the bomb squad was investigating to unravel.
Apart from a private security official who got injured from the broken glass of one of the plazas, no major damage was caused.
The police team at the scene of the incident led by the commissioner of police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Command Mr Adenrele Shinaba, ensured that what was left of the bomb was defused before the operatives could leave the scene.
Reacting to the incident, the FCT police command said there was no cause for alarm. The FCT command said it had restored normalcy and urged Abuja residents to go about their normal duties.
Yesterday’s bomb blast was the third time a bomb scare had rocked the FCT in the last couple weeks. The first was reported around Wuse Zone 5 close to the PDP headquarters while the second occurred near a Nite-club around the Wuse 2.