Bomb scare rocks Abuja markets
Abuja’s major market was shut down yesterday for four hours following a bomb scare.
The Wuse market remained shut till 10.am.
The Garki Ultra-Modern Market was also not opened —no thanks to an intelligence report of a bombing plot.
Traders were barred from entering as security operatives swept the environment.
Policemen from the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) barricaded the market in Wuse.
Abuja police spokesperson Altine Daniel said the temporary closure was due to intelligence report received by the police.
About two months ago, there was an explosion at the Nyanya Motor Park, leading to the death of 70 people. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the blast.
When the Wuse market was eventually opened, security operatives with bomb detectors were conducting searches at the gates .
Operatives at the market’s security check point, told our reporter that the checks were precautionary moves.
One of them, who pleaded not to be named, said at about mid day: “Contrary to reports flying around, we did not catch any suicide bomber. Security operatives acquired intelligence that bombs might be set off in any of the markets in Abuja. To ensure the safety of the market, we shut it down until a security sweep had been done to ensure that the environment was safe.
“Now we are searching everyone that comes in to ensure that no one walks into the vicinity with explosives but business has resumed at the market as usual and there is nothing to fear.”
One of the traders who gave his name simply as Obinna said: “It is good they are doing this. Nigeria is no longer safe and no one is to be trusted. We are happy over the new development and everybody is on the lookout for suspicious moves.”
Another trader, Abdullahi, said: “After the Nyanya blast and everything happening these days in Nigeria, I wonder why it took security operatives this long to know that our markets needed security. This is a good development and I hope that they won’t get tired and relax. They need to check everyone coming into this market because this is a very busy market and women’s bags most especially, should be checked because we can never know what they carry in them.”
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