Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
The discovery of parcel suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in the upscale Jabi area of Abuja yesterday morning caused pandemonium and disrupted vehicular and human movements.
The said parcel was found under the Jabi Bridge that runs over the Sani Abacha Road by the police anti- bomb unit sent by the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Commissioner, Mustapha Mohammed, after the police was notified of the presence of an unusual parcel under the bridge, suspected to be a bomb.
The road underneath the bridge connects the popular Jabi Mall Shopping Complex (Shoprite) which is frequented by western and super rich shoppers. The multi-billion naira mall was commissioned in November last year.
While the police bomb detectors scanned the object, a large crowd of onlookers, were filming the development with their phones, gathered at the scene of the incident.
There was suspicion that the device was planted under the bridge by the terrorist group Boko Haram, which was in the past blamed for the series of fatal blasts in Abuja.
However, the police after the exercise assured the public, as it found out that the alarm was a mere rumour.
It was gathered that the said parcel was an accessory placed by officers of the FCT Water Board two day ago.