The police in Jos has arrested a middle-aged man who allegedly planted an improvised explosive device which went off in the central part of the state capital yesterday without any casualty.
The Plateau State Police Command said a suspected terrorist attempted to wreak havoc by planting the device at Ajayi junction in Kwararafa area of the state capital.
According to a statement issued by the command’s Public Relation Officer DSP Abuh Emmanuel, the timely intervention of the police anti-bomb squad led by ASP Abel Mbibi who moved swiftly to the scene of the incident frustrated any further action by the suspect.
The police further said although the planted device exploded before the arrival of the police, the anti-bomb squad successfully recovered, defused and evacuated the devices, adding that there was neither casualty nor damage to property.
Abuh noted that the cooperation of members of the public assisted in the arrest of the suspect in connection with the incident, adding that the suspect has been handed over to the special task force for questioning.
He urged members of the public to report any suspicious movement to the law enforcement agents for prompt attention.
The explosion caused panic in the area with many people fleeing their homes for fear of another explosion.