The Nigerian police headquarters in Abuja has reacted to news of discovery of explosives near the Nigeria Postal Service in Abuja today as a hoax.
Nigerian Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, told SaharaReporters via telephone that the package was a box containing sand and ceramic tiles abandoned near NIPOST.
He stated that after the suspicious box was brought to the attention of the Nigerian police, the area was cordoned off, and the Police Bomb Squad called into the area at exactly 11:00 am Nigerian time only to find that the package was not a bomb.
However, he said the bomb squad approached the box with a bomb testing equipment that made a "popping" sound which had been commonly mistaken to be a controlled detonation of a bomb by members of the public.
Mr. Mba said the police appreciates the interest and alertness of the Nigerian public regarding matters of security asking residents of the area to go about their normal businesses.
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Men of the Anti-Bomb Squad of the Nigerian Police Force have on Monday detonated a device believed to be Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in front of the Nipost Office in Area 10, Abuja.
It has been gathered that the IED, contained in a parcel with N100 postage stamp, was addressed to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Federation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala and deposited in front of the Nipost office premises.
Speaking with journalists, a Nipost staff, Ibrahim Musa, said that they came to work this morning and noticed a funny-looking package with two N50 naira postage stamps on it in front of their premises and notified their boss who promptly invited the Anti-Bomb Squad.
Musa reported, "When the Squad came they controlled human movement around the area and went into work with their instruments. After a while we heard an explosion and another explosion followed later."
He said no injuries was sustained as a result of the explosion.