N/As­sem­bly work­ers flee over bomb scare

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Tu­raki A. Has­san, Musa Ab­dul­lahi Kr­ishi & Ibrahim Kabiru Sule

Ru­mour of hid­den bomb at the Na­tional As­sem­bly forced work­ers and bankers to close their of­fices yes­ter­day and hur­ried out of the com­plex.

The Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives are on three-week Easter hol­i­day leav­ing few law­mak­ers in their of­fices.

By 10 am, the ru­mour mill was agog and it gained mo­men­tum as the day wore on with some mem­bers of staff at the Na­tional As­sem­bly say­ing the Depart­ment of Se­cu­rity Ser­vices (DSS) had di­rected that ev­ery­one should va­cate the com­plex by 2:30pm.

The ru­mour re­port­edly came af­ter some civil ser­vants and par­lia­men­tary aides sighted uniden­ti­fied per­sons mov­ing in groups rais­ing sus­pi­cion of pos­si­ble ter­ror at­tack.

Last Mon­day, a bomb ex­plo­sion rocked a bus stop in Nyanya, a sub­urb of Abuja killing over 70 and in­jur­ing about 216.

Shortly af­ter 2pm, our cor­re­spon­dents saw people run­ning to to­ward the exit gate.

Those that have cars were also seen speed­ing off to leave the com­plex, caus­ing grid­lock at the en­trance.

Some of the staff told jour­nal­ists that the bomb at­tack was tar­geted at the com­plex an­nex, where ma­jor­ity of the man­age­ment staff oc­cupy.

How­ever, when jour­nal­ists vis­ited the place, which is sep­a­rate from where the Se­nate and House cham­bers are lo­cated, some se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives were seen who said there was no such thing.

Later around 5.pm, our re­porters saw only a few staff leav­ing their of­fices at the com­plex.

A DSS of­fi­cial who did not want to be named told Daily Trust that it was all ru­mour and that the ser­vice did not or­der any­body to leave the com­plex.

The DSS of­fi­cial said: “People are just afraid for noth­ing. We’re just do­ing our job. Yes, snif­fer dogs and additional se­cu­rity men were brought in to fore­stall any at­tack, which is nor­mal based on the bomb blast yes­ter­day (Mon­day) in Nyanya. So, that in­for­ma­tion is not from us at all.”

When con­tacted, House spokesman, Rep Zakari Mo­hammed, said the bomb scare was all ru­mours, adding that it was fall­out of Mon­day’s bomb at­tack at Nyanya.

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