by Ifreke Inyang
Recently word has spread of a suspected bomb attack at Motorways, Lagos within the next six hours. An eyewitness claims that there is vehicular and human traffic in Alausa. He also claims that there is heavy police presence, and from all indications, the area has been cordoned off.
The present bomb scare comes on the heels of a series of similar explosions in Abuja and Jos. In Abuja, the bomb explosion on 31st December, 2010 wreaked damage on the Mammy Market close to the Sani Abacha Barracks, killing a pregnant woman amongst other casualties.
YNaija spoke exclusively to SP Frank Mba, the PRO of the Lagos State Command, who said: “The attention of the Command has been drawn to an on-going rumour spreading across the city, alleging a bomb threat at Motorway Complex near 7UP Bottling Plant, Alausa. The Command has since responded appropriately to the alleged threat. A combined team of conventional police men and crack explosives’ detectives from the Police Bomb Disposal Squad were deployed to the facilities.”
Speaking further on the measures taken, he said: “A meticulous search was carried on the building and its environs as part of immediate investigations, which showed that the threat was false and devoid of all credibility. The Command once again wishes to advise all citizens to eschew rumour mongering and desist from spreading false and unsubstantiated information especially on security-sensitive issues. Persons with useful information are advised to pass the same covertly to security agencies rather than resort to rumour mongering and unnecessary spread of fear in minds of innocent citizens.”
At present, no bomb had gone off in the vicinity which is close to the toll gate of the Lagos Ibadan Epressway. YNaija will keep up with the situation as it develops.