Po­lice de­bunk bomb scare ru­mour in Bayelsa

Daily Trust - - NEWS - A truck be­ing checked by road safety of­fi­cials along Nyanya/Mararaba road in Abuja yes­ter­day.

The Bayelsa Po­lice Com­mand on Satur­day in Ye­nagoa said ru­mour of a bomb scare in the state cap­i­tal was un­true. The ru­mour fol­lowed the ar­rest of a sus­pect al­leged to be car­ry­ing ex­plo­sives in a bag.

It was gath­ered that there was pan­de­mo­nium ear­lier in the day in the city, fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent along the YenezueE­gene area of the state cap­i­tal.

The in­ci­dent oc­curred at about 2 p.m., af­ter a man who was car­ry­ing two bags was ac­costed by passers-by who de­manded to know what he was car­ry­ing.

It was fur­ther gath­ered that fol­low­ing the in­quiry, the man aban­doned the bags and fled, rais­ing sus­pi­cion that the bags might be laden with ex­plo­sives.

A wit­ness, Mr. Tari Bokumo, said in­stead of sur­ren­der­ing the bags to se­cu­rity op­er­a­tives, the man aban­doned them and ran away.

``His ac­tion led to panic along the road, as people fled the area. But shortly af­ter that, men of the anti-bomb squad of the po­lice ar­rived the scene”, he said.

The state Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice, Mr. Hi­lary Opara, dis­missed the story of a bomb scare in Ye­nagoa.

“When I heard of the ru­mour, I dis­patched op­er­a­tives of the anti-bomb squad to the scene to carry out in­ves­ti­ga­tion. The op­er­a­tives re­cov­ered the bags, but they con­tained only elec­tric wires. There was no ex­plo­sive in them; it could be that the man stole them,” he said.

Opara ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to mem­bers of the pub­lic, who be­came sus­pi­cious and raised alarm when the sus­pect aban­doned the bags and fled and urged them to be vig­i­lant at all times. (NAN)

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