The Wuse Zone 5 area of the FCT was thrown into pandemonium, at midday on Friday as a bomb scare forced the evacuation of offices and buildings in the commercial area of the nation’s capital.
The scare was created via unconfirmed rumour that an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) had been planted in a sack at a spot between Top View Hotel and the headquarters of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
People hurriedly evacuated their offices and fled the area.
Wuse zone 5 is also home to the national headquarters of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Federal Inland Revenue Service(FIRS).
The resultant evacuation led to a gridlock on Algiers street and movement was restricted to one lane of dual carriage road.
The area was later cordoned off by operatives of the Special Anti-Bomb Squad, who searched and found the supposed bomb to detonate.
It was however discovered to be a sack containing rags dumped by an unknown person.
The area has been declared safe and traffic is beginning to flow again.
Abuja has been hit by a number of bomb scares as well as coordinated bomb attacks since the October 1, 2010 bomb blast.