Following last night's explosion, security forces fret at growing terror in Abuja

About two kilometers from the site where an explosion was reported a forthnight ago, on the commercial end of Aminu Kano Crescent in the high brow Wuse 2 neighbourhood of the FCT in Abuja, another night explosion, believed to be a low grade bomb, went off Tuesday at about 9.30 P.M

Apparently deployed to avoid dramatic fatalities, but to attract significant publicity impact, the explosion went off when most of the commercial offices and shopping points had closed for the day in the presinct of the usually crowded Banex Plaza.  

Security experts say they are puzzled at what appears to be a “growing string of Wuse explosions” but discount a Boko Haram signature at this point. Boko Haram, the violent religious group prosecuting a terror campaign mostly in the northern part of the country had operated, when they did, in styles that sought to extract maximum fatality and property damage.

“The problem is where this will lead, we worry because the logic behind these explosions suggest a manifesto is in the making. Look at all the same tell-tale signs,” said a counter-terror expert in Abuja who did not want to be identified for this report.

Police account, from a statement issued by Force spokesman, Felix Mba, said “The incident had a zero casualty record- no life lost, no person injured and no car damaged or burnt,” however a private security guard was reportedly treated of glass cuts from some of the flying debris triggered by the explosion.

NEMA spokesman, Yushau Shuaib, away in Japan, confirmed police accounts on human casualties, but officials from his agency told PREMIUM TIMES they were worried of the possibility of secondary explosives buried away from easy sight in the area that the absence of effective lightinghindered them from doing any descent investigations. “It is just too dark for any further investigation tonight” a NEMA official who declined to offer his name said of the incident stressing fears there might be secondary bombs planted around the scene.

The police spokesman however said Adenrele Shinaba, the commissioner of police, Federal Capital Territory Command, led the police anti-bomb squad on site to defuse what remained of residual bombs, adding “Detectives from the Bomb Disposal Unit, assisted by their counterparts from FCT CID have commenced investigation.”

No group has so far claimed responsibility for this incident, as was the case with the earlier one that drew varied explanations and accounts from the different security agencies, evidence of some coordination deficit in the system.

Mr. Mba blamed those he characterized as “mischief makers” for the incident, and advised that “in their own interest…to keep off the city or have themselves to blame as the long arm of the law will soon catch up with them.”

Multiple teams of State Security Service, Police, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, were active at the scene of the explosion just in front of the famous Park and Shop Mall.  NEMA operatives, working with safety officials of the Road Safety corps helped cordoned the scene from vehicle and commuter passage.


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  • 88alaulai

    Goodbye to innocence …Abuja

  • Habu Rimi

    where are we running towhen Abuja is no more safe.God should deliver us and protect us from all this katakata.let us as christians or muslims continue praying for an end to this crises.

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Dasuki should plead with his people. the north east is already deserted. All their elites are in exile in Abuja. where else will they be running to next, Lagos? I pity them.

    • Nagoma

      “Dasuki should plead with his people” you sound more a typical ethno-centred or tribalised Nigerian. Ideally, “Dasuki’s people” should also be your own people. Dasuki is here not for his “own” people alone, he is back to national service once again for all and sundry. Unguarded statements powered by sentiments and ethnic emotion certainly does a lot of harm than good to the Nigeria of our dreams. ****** PROPAGATING HATE IS ANTI-CHRIST ******