Two suspected bombers, yesterday, attempted to attack Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, state secretariat on Akilu Road, Sokoto State.
The unidentified assailants, who rode on a motorcycle, tried to hand over a black polythene bag, suspected to contain a bomb, to a police officer who was on duty at the party office, saying Ga kayan Gwari, meaning “Here is a perishable item.”
Suspecting that the bag contained explosives, the police officer refused to collect the bag and drew the attention of police anti-bomb squad, which moved in and defused the bomb.
Eyewitnesses said the man dropped the item in front of the PDP secretariat and sped off. Vanguard gathered that when men of the anti-bomb squad arrived, they ordered an evacuation of all persons in the nearby offices and residences.
State Deputy Chairman of PDP, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, told newsmen at the scene that their attention was drawn to the incident. He said: “Our attention was drawn to the ugly development, but we are grateful to God that it did not explode.”
The state Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Musa Aliyu, said the Anti-Bomb Disposal Unit of the Command saved the situation.
He called on members of the public to complement the efforts of the Police by providing information at all times. “On our part, we will continue to do our best to sustain the peaceful nature the state,” he added.