Bomb scare Abuja as security agencies synergise against terrorism



Rumour of a purported bomb blast at the Garki 2 area of Abuja yesterday turned to be false as combined team of the Directorate of State Security, the Nigerian Police Force, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other paramilitary establishments gathered at the Garki Mall to sensitise their officers and men of the need for synergy among the agencies in emergency situations.
Those who live around the International Market were said to have been alarmed by the sound of a gunshot coming from the venue which the thought was a bomb blast.
The early sign for an abnormal situation in the area was the heavy traffic build-up along the Ahmadu Bello Way beginning from the Apo Bridge as it was virtually difficult for motorists to meander their way through the road linking the Central District or the Federal Secretariat end.
Approaching the junction leading to the Garki Model Market, the combined team of the security agencies had cordoned off the road and their men stationed to prevent motorists from proceeding on the Ahmadu Bello Way towards the federal Secretariat.
However motorists driving from the opposite direction on the other lane were allowed to move through the road except for the heavy traffic at the junctions leading to the Garki Mall and the junction to the model market.
The worst hit area by the traffic congestion was the Garki International Market roads adjacent the venue of the sensitization programme as many motorists who thought they could drive through the premises of the international market discovered to their utter dismay that both the exit and the entrance gates were closed against
vehicular movement.
The motorists who drove to the international market found it difficult to make their way back to the Ahmadu Bello Way as the buildup became too hectic.
Meanwhile, one of the security operatives who spoke to journalists on condition of anonymity said the sensitisation programme was to engender inter-agency cooperation in the war against terrorism in the country.
Agencies that participated in the programme included the Nigerian Army, the Directorate of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Nigerian Red Cross, Nigerian Fire Service, FCT Emergency Management Services, amongst others.

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