“We came to drop a bomb”: Shoprite receives SMS bomb threat in Lagos

by Rachel Ogbu

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Police are now investigating a text message to Shoprite owner threatening to blow up outlets in Lagos state

On Thursday, details of the text message was revealed and it read in part:

It is true, we do not deserve amnesty.  You’ll even be surprised  how I got your number. We came to Shoprite on a mission to drop a bomb. That day, we sow bullet into Five Alive packs. We are from Niger. Someone gave us your number from Abuja. We will make sure we destroy every Shoprite…”

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The Vanguard reports:

Although the unknown sender did not state the reason, but he disclosed that already, members of his group had planted some explosives in some packs of fruit juice at Shoprite Victoria Island branch.

The text message caused panic as customers reportedly fled the entire mall while motorists deserted the route, with text messages sent to loved ones around the vicinity to avoid the route.

It was even rumoured that there was a bomb explosion around the area.

But sources at the Lagos State Police Command told Vanguard that investigation had begun to ascertain the identity of the sender. Although sources dismissed the text message as mere threat but said the command would still go ahead with its investigation.

 

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