MAIDUGURI – The Police Command in Borno State has advised residents of Maiduguri to be extra-vigilant and more security conscious.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Gideon Jibrin, gave the advice in a statement made available to newsmen in Maiduguri yesterday.
Jibrin said that the vigilance of the people made the police to avert deadly bomb explosions at Tashan Kano Motor Park, in Maiduguri on Friday.
He explained that the people discovered the Improvised Explosive Device (IED) concealed at the park.
He praised the people for promptly calling the attention of the police and the Civilian JTF to it for immediate action.
“Attention of State Intelligence Bureau Operation of the Command and the Civilian JTF men on duty at the motor park was drawn to a bunch of suspected IED’s concealed in a receptacle and planted near the exit gate of the Jumat mosque at the motor park.
“This information was passed to the Police High Command at the state headquarters, which swiftly reacted to the bomb scare.
“The bomb disposal unit was promptly drafted to the scene where they found the IED’s ostensibly targeted at unsuspecting worshippers who were already in prayers.
“The bombs were promptly neutralised by the technicians who rendered the environment safe and recovered the exhibits to the state headquarters.
“There was neither loss of life nor injury nor loss of property in the entire process.
“In view of the current security challenges and recent female suicide bomb incidences in Kano, Niger and Bauchi States, and most recently in Maiduguri, the command appeals to the general public to continue to be extra vigilant and security conscious,’’ he said.
Jibrin also enjoined the public to promptly alert the police and the security agencies on suspected persons, vehicles, objects for prompt proactive security steps.
He said that this would assist the police to prevent avoidable loss of lives and property.