A Police corporal avert bomb explosion in Sokoto PDP secretariat

Posted: August 9, 2012 in Security

The heroic deed of a police corporal in Sokoto State prevented a powerful bomb from wreaking havoc in front of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, secretariat on Sultan Abubakar Road in Sokoto yesterday.

The officer was reported to have sighted three fastmoving motorcyclists about noon dropping a polythene bag at the second entrance of the secretariat and raised the alarm. “When I saw that, my mind told me it was a bomb, so I came outside and began to stop all road users telling them, ‘bomb, bomb, bomb, don’t come near this place.’

“I had to go to the two junctions to tell the traffic wardens to divert all road users from the lane.

When, I returned, I alerted all neighbours, including operators of shops on the other lane that there was a bomb dropped by some fastmoving persons on a bike,” he said.

The corporal said that having condoned off the whole area, he called the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, who later informed the police commissioner and the AIG before the antibomb squad could be mobilised to the scene.

An eyewitness said that it took the anti-bomb squad team about three hours before they could arrive at the scene, “and when they came, they used some devices attached to a long wire to defuse the bomb before it burst into pieces.

“They told all onlookers to vacate the premises before they detonated it and it burst into pieces without any damage to the building or anything within the vicinity.

The state PDP Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe Goronyo, who confirmed the incident, said that officials of the party witnessed the detonation which made a loud noise but did not affect the building or did any damage whatsoever.

He said the bomb, if not detonated, would have wreaked havoc in the area and called on the public to be extra vigilant on any suspicious elements, luggage, boxes or polythene bags around public buildings in the state.

Meanwhile, two policemen were shot dead in Bauchi.

It was learnt that the policemen were attacked in the morning during a patrol close to a police check point in Gubi village on Ningi/ Kano road in the state.

Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Muhammad Ladan, confirmed the incident.

He said that the two policemen were rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, ATBUTH, Bauchi, where they died.

The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to be more vigilant and security conscious to assist security agencies in the fight against terror and organised crime.

The IG, who spoke in the aftermath of yesterday’s controlled detonation of a high calibre explosive by the Sokoto State Police Command, however, restated the commitment of the force to stamp out crimes.

Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Mr. Frank Mbah, also recounted the details of the Sokoto incident.

He said: “About 11a.m., the Sokoto State Police Command received information from a civic-minded citizen that an unknown person riding an unregistered motorcycle had dropped off a black polythene bag in front of the secretariat of one of the national political parties located at Rigiya area of Sokoto metropolis.

“On receipt of the information, the AIG Zone 10, Ibrahim Muktari and the CP of the Command immediately dispatched a team of police operatives from the Bomb Disposal Unit to the area. The timely response of the police saved the day.

“The polythene bag was located, examined and discovered to be containing high calibre IED. Personnel of the Police Bomb Disposal Squad thereafter carried out a controlled detonation of the explosives. No casualty of any kind.”

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