25th March, 2011
Palpable fear gripped staffers of the Federal Ministry of Justice and occupants of the Bayelsa House (Izom Wari) both situated within the Maitama District of Abuja metropolis following claims by yet to be identified persons that bombs had been planted within the two buildings which are opposite each other.
Staffers of the Justice Ministry were seen leaving their offices in droves as thye struggled to get out before one another.
Just as the scene was playing out at the Justice Ministry, occupants of the Bayelsa State House, directly behind the Justice Ministry were seen scampering down theÂ high rise building.
Investigations by P.M.NEWS indicate that an unidentified man started running down the stairs of the Bayelsa House screaming atop his voice that there was a bomb planted within the building.
Others soon joined in the dash for safety away from the building. The Ibrahim Babangida Express way which runs through the perimeters of these buildings was immediately deserted as motorists also joined the race for safety.
The FCT Police Command swung into action about three hours from the time the first sign of commotion was noticed.
The Commandâ€™s Bomb Detection teams were deployed to both buildings to â€œsweepâ€ all the floors of the buildings for the bombs.
Hours of intensive sweepings by both teams however revealed nothing from either of the buildings.
Speaking to newsmen at the premises of the Federal Ministry of Justice, the Public Relations Officer of the FCT Police Command, Mr. Jimoh Moshood stated that the Command received a security report that bombs had been planted at the Ministry of Justice Building as well as the Bayelsa House behind it and the Command deployed Bomb Detection experts to comb and sweep the areas after cordoning off the suspected areas.
The bomb teams arrived at the suspected areas at about 3:17 pm and took over the buildings.
Moshood stated that investigations will continue to unravel those involved in disturbing the peace in the area and warned that bombers and would-be bombers would be traced and apprehended.
By Nnamdi Felix / Abuja