Police foil attempt to bomb PDP secretariatParty Politics, Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday, August 8th, 2012
POLICE, on Wednesday, foiled the attempt to bomb the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) secretariat in Sokoto with improvised explosive device (IED).
Informed police sources told the Nigerian Tribune that at 11.00 a.m on Wednesday, the state police command got a report that an unknown person riding unregistered motorcycle dropped a black cellophane bag near the PDP secretariat.
It was reported that the suspect, while trying to hand over the cellophane bag to the policeman guarding the secretariat, was heard saying in Hausa Ga kayan gwari nan, meaning “here are perishables.”
The policeman, the Nigerian Tribune learnt, became suspicious and alerted the state police command to the development.
According to the sources, a combined team of detectives from Zone 10 headquarters and the state command moved to the scene to avert disaster.
Also, a combined team of bomb experts from the zonal headquarters and the state command joined the team on the orders of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Muktar.
The police found out that a high calibre IED was inside the cellophane bag, while the anti-bomb unit carried out a controlled detonation of the explosive.
The source further told the Nigerian Tribune that no casualty was recorded.
The Deputy Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba, confirmed the development and lauded the partnership between the police and the public.
Also reacting, the state deputy chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe, thanked God that the anti-bomb disposal squad was able to defuse the IED successfully.
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