Soldiers, Police invade Ikeja computer village over bomb threat

Over 100 soldiers and police officers were deployed to secure the Computer Village area of Ikeja following an alleged plan to bomb the area uncovered by the Department of State Services (DSS).

On Friday, the DSS had said, “Sequel to increasing threat posed to public peace by the activities of the Independent People of Biafra, this Service arrested one Chidiebere Onwudiwe, a graduate of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and known member of IPOB, on June 22, 2016.”

“Onwudiwe and his associates, within and outside the country, were planning to carry out coordinated attacks against religious bodies/edifices, police checkpoints and the Computer Village in Ikeja, Lagos State, with Improvised Explosive devices. The suspect was apprehended while making logistics supplies for their nefarious plan.”

The announcement made by the DSS caused an eruption of fear in Computer Village, an area famous for its commercial activities.

In reaction to the alleged threat, on Saturday, a pocket of security officers comprising both the police and army were seen in Computer Village in a bid to restore decorum in the area.

It would appear that the presence of the officers had a positive effect as a member of the traders’ union –  the Computer and Allied Products Dealers Association of Nigeria told Punch newspaper that, “Although they might have been aggressive in their approach, we are very happy now that there is no more fear and tension in the market. Everyone is going about his or her normal duties.”

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