Bomb in laptop computer found, defused by police in Kaduna
Police in Kaduna on Friday found and defused a bomb neatly concealed in a laptop computer near the ever-busy Jema'a Road, by Ahmadu Bello Way, thanks to the vigilance of the residents of the area who alerted the police.
The bomb was found near the Assembly of God's Church, which was bombed last year during the 2012 Easter Sunday celebration during which many people died.
The Kaduna State police command when alerted swung to immediate action as the anti-bomb squad was brought in to defuse the lethal device concealed in a laptop kept some few metres from the church. device.
The development, however, caused panic in the city as the news spread, even as anxiety and disappointment were noticed on faces of the city dwellers that had enjoyed peace since last December and hoped never to witness such disaster again.
An eyewitness said the incident occurred at about 4:30 pm and combat-ready soldiers and the police blocked the roads adjoining the Jema'a road where the bomb was discovered.
Spokesman of the Kaduna State Police Command, DSP Aminu Lawan confirmed the incident.
'This afternoon, some vigilant passersby saw a suspicious carton placed at the Junction road and immediately called the police. Our anti-bomb squad were mobilised to the place and they confirmed that the computer carton was concealing an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
'The road linking the junctions were condoned off and people nearby were evacuated. The bomb was then safely detonated. There was no injury of any kind. The bomb was not near any worship centre, as some people were insinuating. If anything, it was near the Unity Bank.
'We want to thank these vigilante residents who called the police and we urge everyone to report any suspicious object, persons or movements.
'We call on Kaduna residents to go about their business because there is nothing to worry about, 'Lawan stated.
The entire area, which is close to the famous Obalende beer joint, was cordoned off by soldiers and operatives of other security agencies, making the place to be deserted.