Abandoned Luggage Led To Bomb Scare At MMIA – FAAN

FAAN Constitutes Panel To Investigate Fire Incident

The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has explained what led to a bomb scare at the Hajj and Cargo Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, on August 8, 2017.

Earlier in the day, an unattended bag was noticed at the Hajj and Cargo Terminal, after the departure of the 4th flight for the intending pilgrims.

According to a statement by the airport authorities, “The Chief Security Officer of the Federal Airports Authority, as well as the Bomb Disposal Unit were contacted and 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; meant for pilgrims to guide them with regards to their journey.”

FAAN, thereafter, allayed the fears of public saying there was no bomb, while advising passengers to always ensure that their belongings must be kept safe.

“The Authority would like to assure the general public that there was no Bomb and the Hajj and Cargo Terminal is safe, secure for flight operations.”

Premier League: Arsenal Finish Second As Tottenham Crash

Arsenal, Spurs, Premier LeagueA hat trick by Olivier Giroud ensured that Arsenal finished second, above London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.

The Gunners defeated relegated Aston Villa 4-0 with three Giroud goals in the 5th, 79th and 80th minute capped by a Mark Bunn own goal in the 90th.

Tottenham went into the final match day of the 2015/16 season needing just a draw to finish second but Spurs who were title contenders a fortnight earlier collapsed 5-1 away to relegated Newcastle United.

The Gunners keep their bragging rights as they maintained the record of not finishing below Spurs in Premier League history.

Arsenal’s hat-trick hero Olivier Giroud said; “We were hoping to finish in top three but to finish second is very nice. We are really pleased to finish second and hopefully next year we can grab one more place.

“We wanted to start strongly, we knew it wouldn’t be easy and we thought Villa would fight, and they did well. But we were efficient up front and could have scored 3 or 4 more.”

Meanwhile, in other EPL final day matches, Champions Leicester City drew 1-1 at Chelsea as they win the title by 10 points.

Manchester City also finished in fourth place and secured Champions League football with a 1-1 draw away to Swansea.

Southampton defeated Crystal Palace 4-1 to move into fifth position but may be knocked out of it by Manchester United. Nevertheless, they have secured Europa League football for next season even if they end up in sixth.

West Ham have their ambition to play in Europe dented after losing away to Stoke City 2-1 courtesy a Mame Biram Diouf late strike.

Their fate is now solely dependent on the result of the FA Cup between Manchester United and Crystal Palace. If Man-U beat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup final a Europa League place filters down to seventh. If Palace win they are in the Europa League at the group stage.

Everton end the season on a high with 3-0 win against Norwich City, while West Brom and Liverpool played 1-1.

Man United’s final-day match against Bournemouth was called off on Sunday because of a suspect package found in the North West Quadrant of the ground.

Results

Chelsea 1-1 Leicester

Arsenal 4-0 Aston Villa

Watford 2-2 Sunderland

Swansea 1-1 Manchester City

Everton 3-0 Norwich

West Brom 1-1 Liverpool

Newcastle 5-1 Tottenham

Southampton 4 – 1 Crystal Palace

Stoke City 2 – 1 West Ham United

 

 

Suspect Package: Man United vs. Bournemouth Game Called Off

Man United, Suspect Package, BournemouthMan United’s final-day match against Bournemouth was called off on Sunday because of a suspect package found in the North West Quadrant of the ground.

Two stands – the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand and the Stretford End were evacuated before the home game against Bournemouth and sniffer dogs brought in to search the stands.

“The decision to abandon the Manchester United versus AFC Bournemouth match was taken after the police advised of the necessity to deal with a suspect package.

“When it comes to matters of security it is obviously right that Manchester United and the Premier League place the safety of supporters and employees foremost.

“The Premier League will seek to rearrange the fixture as soon as practically possible and will advise fans accordingly.

“It is always the last resort to abandon one of our fixtures and while we apologise for the inconvenience caused to fans we are sure, in the circumstances, they will appreciate the need to do so,” said the Premier League.

Traders Close Shops in Kaduna Over Bomb Scare

Kaduna desertedThere was pandemonium in Kaduna metropolis on Monday following an alarm over a white bag abandoned near Kontagora road, which the traders suspected to be a bomb. 

The bomb scare on Monday afternoon forced traders to close their shops and started rushing home for safety.

Immediately the rumour filtered into the area, many people ran helter-skelter in order not to be caught in the web of any explosion.

However, a Police anti-bomb squad that arrived at the area promptly discovered that the bag contained some waste items and not bomb.

The alarm occurred barely one hour after news of a bomb explosion in Kano filtered into the city, a situation that promptly triggered fear of a coordinated attack by terrorists in the two cities.

A suicide bomb had gone off about 10AM on Monday, July 28 at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mega Filling Station at Hotoro area along Maiduguri Road, Kano.

The suicide bomber, suspected to be a female, had slipped into the crowd of citizens buying kerosene at the station before detonating the explosives. The suicide bomber and three others have been confirmed dead, eight persons are injured and rushed to the hospital.

Okorocha To Hold Security Meeting After Owerri Bomb Scare

RochasThe Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has called an emergency security meeting with all the security operatives and stakeholders in the state following the incident of the averted bomb blast by security operatives at the Living Faith Church on Sunday morning.

Briefing newsmen at the Government Office in Owerri the Imo State capital upon his arrival from Abuja, he siad the meeting is scheduled for the June 16, noting that security of imo citizens will be discussed and concrete measures to prevent any occurrence of bomb attacks in the state will be addressed.

He commended the security operatives for their timely intervention by defusing the bomb as quick as possible and assured the people of the state that the government will not lose sleep over the matter as all measures will be taken to ensure peace in the state.

He urged all Imo citizens and residents to be more security conscious and should not hesitate to report any suspicious movement of persons  to the security operatives.

The Imo State Police Command in Owerri had on Sunday defused a substance identified as an Improvised Explosive Device hidden under a flower pot at the entrance of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) along Port Harcourt road in the state capital.

The substance, kept in a polythene bag, had a bad refrigerator compressor, 2 cigarette lighters and a timer.

While assessing the scene, the State Commissioner for Police, Abdulmajid Ali, alongside other security chiefs in the state said the police command got the intelligence report at midnight and immediately directed the anti-bomb squad to the scene.

He further disclosed that 6 persons who were found hovering around the area as at the time the substance was found have been arrested and are facing interrogation at the command headquarters.

Imo Police Defuses IED At Owerri Living Faith Church

explosives of a bomber in DamaturuThe Imo State Police Command in Owerri on Sunday defused a substance identified as an Improvised Explosive Device hidden under a flower pot at the entrance of the Living Faith Church (Winners Chapel) along Port Harcourt road in the state capital.

The substance, kept in a polythene bag, had a bad refrigerator compressor, 2 cigarette lighters and a timer.

While assessing the scene, the State Commissioner for Police, Abdulmajid Ali, alongside other security chiefs in the state said the police command got the intelligence report at midnight and immediately directed the anti-bomb squad to the scene.

He further disclosed that 6 persons who were found hovering around the area as at the time the substance was found have been arrested and are facing interrogation at the command headquarters.

Some members of the church who spoke to newsmen said as usual, they were on their way for the first service which starts at about 8:00am but were barricaded by security operatives few meters from the church entrance with reasons that security operatives discovered explosives at the entrance of the church.

The Commissioner appealed to the people of the state to remain calm as all security operatives in the state are available to ensure peace and stability in the state.

However, the state government has commended the efforts of the security operatives in averting what would have been a devastating incident in the state. The government however called on the people of the state to remain calm and go about their lawful duties as the government and the security operatives will ensure that the peace and stability enjoyed in the state is not breached.

Meanwhile, the incident did not deter members of the church from their normal Sunday service as they were  moved to the Heroes Square within Owerri metropolis, where they carried out their service.

Democracy Day: Bomb Scare In Abuja

The Louis Edet building was recently attacked by a bomb blastResidents of Kurudu, a community on the outskirts of Abuja, panicked on Thursday morning when an explosion, thought to be from a bomb, was heard.

The explosion caused panic in Kurudu, Jikoyi and other adjoining areas as citizens scampered for safety.

However, the spokesperson of the Nigerian Army, Olajide Olaleye, explained that the explosion was a “controlled blast”, noting that a rock had been blocking a new road being constructed from Karishi to Apo, in the Abuja city centre, was blasted, with dynamites, to allow construction progress.

He then called on residents to remain calm.

The Federal Capital territory, Abuja and its surrounding communities have been on alert following bomb blasts in Nyanya, planted by the Boko Haram sect, which led to the death of over 100 people.

 

Bomb Scare In Niger State Secretariat

minnaThere was confusion on Monday morning at the Niger State secretariat as workers ran for their lives on hearing the rumour of an explosive in the complex.

The Bomb Disposal Unit of the Niger State Police Command was then called upon to defuse the supposed bomb.

However, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (Operation), Emmanuel Olokoro, dispelled the rumour, disclosing that the suspected substance was an empty can.

 

Explosion Near Kaduna Market Causes Scare

There was confusion on Tuesday in Kaduna after an explosion at a refuse dump behind a market in Kachia caused a scare among the residents of the town.

Security personnel arrive at the site of a blast in Kaduna

This incident comes after Saturday’s attack by gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen at Aduwan Gida Village in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area, also in the southern part of the state, in which five persons, including a six-year baby and his mother, were killed.

Channels Television’s correspondent gathered that an object suspected to be a bomb exploded in the area and forced the residents of the area to scamper for safety.

The incident took place just as the state Governor, Ramallan Yero was on a visit to the area (Southern part of the state) where the Fulani herdsmen allegedly attacked residents of Aduwan village on Saturday.

An eyewitness said that the incident which took place at about 11am, caused panic among residents of the area.

It was also learnt that the Anti-bomb Squad of the State Police Command was dispatched to the area and they discovered that “it was no bomb after all.”

Also, the Vice Chairman of the council, Alfred Maisamari confirmed to journalists that it was not bomb explosion as being rumoured, saying that it was an empty shell of mosquito insecticide that exploded.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Kaduna State Command, DSP Aminu Lawan, while confirming the incident, said the empty can exploded as a result of bush burning in the area.

Bomb scare causes pandemonium in Abuja

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.

A recent bomb scare at the NNPC headquarters had people run out of the towers.

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.