by Isi Esene
The Nigeria Police have dismissed rumours of a bomb blast in Abuja. There were reports earlier today that there was a bomb explosion at a shopping complex in Lokogoma, a settlement in the Federal Capital Territory.
The police public relations officer, CSP Frank Mba, however dismissed the rumour describing the unfortunate incident as false alarm.
Mba said investigation into the rumour reveals that it was just a fire outbreak.
According to him: “It is unfortunate that some people have gone to town to report that it was an explosion; it was a mere fire outbreak at a shopping complex in Lokogoma.
“Reports reaching us showed that the fire, triggered by an electrical fault, started from a laundry shop at the shopping complex.
“It was also said that part of the building was razed by the fire and the explosion.
“The big sound that caused the false alarm came from the compressor of the air conditioning system at the shop,” he said.
He urged residents of the territory to disregard the rumour and move on with their legitimate businesses, assuring them of police’s readiness to protect their lives and property.
See pictures of the affected building below:
– Photos courtesy of SaharaReporters.