Anti-bomb squad car

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

It was a bizarre scene yes­ter­day af­ter the con­fer­ence was ad­journed around 6pm. At around 6:30pm, this re­porter and his col­league left the Na­tional Ju­di­cial In­sti­tute (NJI) venue of the con­fer­ence.

On get­ting to the en­trance gate, we saw the un­ex­pected: about three anti-bomb squad of­fi­cers push­ing their car. The po­lice of­fi­cers, wellkit­ted, were try­ing to start the ve­hi­cle by push­ing it back and front.

Af­ter cross­ing to the other side of the road, we ob­served the an­ti­bomb squad po­lice­men were still push­ing the car back and front.

Even when the other po­lice of­fi­cer stand­ing with his ri­fle and the traf­fic war­den joined the push, the green hilux van re­fused to start.

It is clear that the car has ‘bat­tery chal­lenge.’ For close to 10 min­utes, the po­lice of­fi­cers pushed and pushed but the car was too stub­born to start.

A col­league tried to take a shot of the scene but thought other­wise be­cause of the pres­ence of an­other van filled with op­er­a­tives of the State Se­cu­rity Ser­vice (SSS).

I won­dered what would hap­pen if there was bomb scare and the only anti-bomb squad ve­hi­cle couldn’t start for some rea­sons.

The po­lice au­thor­i­ties should re­ally do some­thing about their op­er­a­tional ve­hi­cles. I don’t know the feel­ings of dozens of mo­torists who passed by the NJI en­trance yes­ter­day and saw well-kit­ted po­lice of­fi­cers push­ing their ve­hi­cle.

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