Unat­tended bag causes bomb scare at La­gos air­port

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, La­gos

An unat­tended bag at the Hajj and cargo ar­eas of the Mur­tala Muhammed In­ter­na­tional Air­port (MMIA), La­gos caused a bomb scare yes­ter­day.

It was learnt that a neatly packed bag was dumped at an area of the ter­mi­nal be­ing used for the on­go­ing Hajj op­er­a­tions.

Sources said the bag has been at the ter­mi­nal since Mon­day, trig­ger­ing ap­pre­hen­sion by some work­ers who alerted the Bomb Dis­posal Unit at the air­port.

How­ever, the an­ti­bomb of­fi­cials dis­cov­ered that the bag con­tained book­lets left over by the La­gos State Pil­grims and Wel­fare Board.

The book­lets con­tain­ing Hajj and Um­rah guide were do­nated to the pil­grims by the former Gov­er­nor and APC Na­tional Leader, Asi­waju Bola Tin­ubu.

The Fed­eral Air­ports Author­ity of Nige­ria (FAAN) also con­firmed the devel­op­ment, re­fut­ing the isin­u­a­tion that it was bomb scare.

Spokesper­son of the agency, Mrs. Hen­ri­etta Yakubu said, “At 9:30am, an unat­tended bag was no­ticed at the Hajj and Cargo ter­mi­nal, af­ter the de­par­ture of the 4th flight for the in­tend­ing pil­grims. The Chief Se­cu­rity Of­fi­cer of the Fed­eral Air­ports Author­ity, Hajj and Cargo Ter­mi­nal as well as the Bomb Dis­posal Unit were con­tacted and they be­gan the process of find­ing out the owner and the con­tent of the bag. “No one claimed own­er­ship of the bag, so the de­ci­sion to blow up the bag us­ing an ex­plo­sive de­vice was made, which in turn caused some panic amongst the se­cond batch of in­tend­ing pil­grims wait­ing. Af­ter det­o­na­tion, it was dis­cov­ered that the bag con­tained some copies of an Is­lamic guide,” the spokesper­son said.

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