Improvised Explosive Defice
A substance suspected to be an Improvised Explosive Defice (IED) has been found at a market in Abakaliki, Ebonyi.
The discovery of the substance at the popular Ophoke-Abba market, Kpiri-Kpiri in Abakaliki, caused panic and pandamonium with traders, buyers and passers-by in the market running for their dear lives.
The incident which occured around 4.pm on Monday forced traders to park their wares while the market was forced to an abrupt close before the 6.pm close hour.
Mr Paul Onwe, a trader at the market who spoke to SummitNews said the incident could be likened to a war situation.
“People suddenly started running and shouting bomb! bomb!! that a bomb has been planted by unknown people in the market.
“In seconds the news has gone round the entire market and people were running helter scelter, while children were crying.
“I managed to park my wares, lock my shop and ran out of the market; I have never witnessed a scene like that before in my life,” Onwe said.
Another, eye witness, Mrs Edith Agu said that the news of an alleged discovery of a substance suspected to be bomb planted at a section of the market caused commotion while people raced out of the market for safety.
Agu said that she immediately packed her goods and rushed out of the market area, adding that the incident disrupted business activities in the market.
Agu said that the bomb scare was so alarming that many abandoned their commodoties and fled the market.
“The entire market was thrown into pandamonium and confusion while both the young and old ran sponteneously out of the market.
“It was like a war scene. I have never experienced such an incident in my entire life but I was happy there was no stampede during the entire episode ,” Agu said.
Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer
Meanwhile, Mrs Loveth Odah, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebonyi Command when contacted confirmed that the anti bomb squard unit of the Nigerian police was called in to evacuate a substance yet to be identified found at a section of the market.
Odah said: “The Divisonal Police Officer in charge of the area received information that a substance was discovered at a shop in the market and he went to the area with officials of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) of the Nigeria Poloce.
“The substance suspected to be an explosive has been evacuated and taken to the office for expert anaysis; for now we don’t know what the substance is until after careful investigation.”
Meanwhile, Mr John Nwanbeke, Chairman of the Ophoke-Abba Market Traders Association (OMTA) was not available for comments on the incident .