May 9 2012
By Ibrahim Shuaibu and Segun Awofadeji
In Bauchi, the Bauchi State capital, about four persons were reported injured when a bomb exploded at People’s hotel in Bayan Gari area which is located behind Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium.
However, it was gathered that immediately the explosives were discovered, the university authority notified the police and it promptly dispatched its bomb disposal unit to the sites and the three explosives were successfully diffused without causing any harm.
The three explosive devices which were said to be time bomb were discovered at the institution’s Sport Complex and two faculties of Sciences and Law which caused pandemonium as people running were helter-skelter for safety.
Spokesman of the state Police Command, Magaji Musa Majiya, an assistant superintendent of police (ASP) confirmed to journalists that the incident was true and the institution’s authority notified the command of the discovery of some parcels suspected to be explosive devices, saying immediately, “we swung into action by dispatching our team from the bomb disposal unit to the institution.”
Majiya further stated that the bomb experts cordoned off the entire area and went into action and successfully diffused the three explosives.
Security was beefed up as traffic leading to the Kabuga campus of the university was diverted by JTF which took over the security of the area. At the time of filling this report, the institution had been deserted.
Meanwhile, Bauchi State Commissioner of Police, Mohammed Ladan, who confirmed the incident to newsmen at the police headquarters in Bauchi said the bomb exploded at about 9p.m and that only one woman and three men were injured during the incident.
He said the injured persons were taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) for treatment with three of them already discharged.
According to him, “we are suspecting that the remaining person who is currently on admission is the one that carried out the act because of the degree of injury on his body, but we are still investigating the matter. Part of the building was partially blown off by the blast and no causality was recorded.”
The commissioner further stated that when the suspect was interrogated, he said that some unidentified men within the Bauchi market area came and inquired if he was a policeman, but he said before he knew it, the men overpowered him and took him away, adding that he saw himself at the incidence of the blast.
When THISDAY visited the scene of the incident, the place was already deserted as the remaining occupants (commercial sex workers) were in a hurry to vacate the place.
All attempts to speak to the residents proved abortive as the few of them who volunteered comments said: “I beg leave us alone, you can see we are parking out of here. Please, we don’t want any more trouble so just leave us alone.”
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