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Police Allay Fear Over Alleged Bomb Blast In Abuja


There was panic in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja on Wednesday, January 24, when residents of Maitama heard a loud sound which was said to be a bomb blast.

According to an eyewitness, the incident occured in the morning around 11am.

Confirming the incident, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, said it was not a bomb blast but explosion, saying that an overheated metal refuse container activated under intense heat.

Adeh said the metal exploded, thereby causing injury to two of  the refuse evacuator.

She said: “The FCT Police Command hereby wishes to update the public on an alleged explosion on 24/01/2024 at about 1145 hrs, near a refuse dump outside the Bureau of Public Enterprise premises in Maitama, Abuja.

“A rapid response team and members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was deployed to assess the situation and preliminary findings indicate than an overheated  metal refuse container activated under intense heat, exploded, thereby causing injury to two of  the refuse evacuator, who are currently receiving medical attention in Maitama General Hospital.

“The FCT Police command urge members of the public to exercise caution and refrain from using metal refuse bins. Instead, we recommend the use of plastic or rubber containers for waste disposal, as they pose a reduced risk of incidents related to over heated metal refuse container.”

She said the situation has been brought under control.

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