CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg)

16 May 2014

Nigeria: Police Quash Lagos Bomb Threat Reports

Lagos — THE Lagos State Police Command has refuted reports there was an attempt by terrorists to bomb some part of the state yesterday.

The island area of the state was deserted yesterday following rumours that three substances suspected to be bombs were found by a security guard near the busy Nnamdi Azikwe Road.

Most markets and businesses were closed for hours as the rumour spread to most part of the state.

Security officers including the Police, Civil Defence Corp were seen corndoning off part of the area.

In a statement on the incident, the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO),Ngozi Braide, however said there was no bomb threat in the area.

She said the suspicious item were rubber sealants and not bombs as earlier speculated by residents of the area.

According to the state police spokesperson, about 0835 hours, upon information that there were some suspicious items at Tom Jones area by Nnamdi Azikiwe Street, Lagos Island, Explosive Devise operatives were quickly mobilized to the scene.

“The team recovered the items for analysis. However, the result of the test revealed that the items are sealants used in industries as no IED was found. Sealant is like gum and has no explosive component.

Meanwhile, the area is calm and security very tight in Lagos.

“The items might have probably fallen out from someone load as they are items that are commonly used. Lagosians are advised to go about their normal duties as there is no cause for alarm,” she said.

Fears of an attack in Lagos follow deadly bomb blasts in Abuja in recent weeks.

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