Barely 24 hours after the Northern State Governors Forum meeting in Kaduna, unknown terrorists had targeted the Assembly of God’s Church, which was bombed last year during the 2012 Easter Sunday celebration during which many people died.
But this time around, immediately the Kaduna State police command was alerted of the presence of the suspicious laptop kept some few metres from the church, the anti-bomb squad immediately swung into action
and successfully defused the lethal 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.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Olufemi Adenaike, said the anti-bomb squad of the state police command professionally defused the bomb.
The police boss thanked the residents for their vigilance and for offering the police useful information that led to the discovery of the bomb.
His words: “The news of the bomb is correct. The bomb was neatly sealed in a new laptop. It was neatly wrapped to attract the people and so if somebody had picked it, probably it would have exploded. But my men from the anti-bomb unit were able to defuse it professionally. It was well detonated in such a way that the sound was controlled without attracting too much attention from the public. So there was no casualty.
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.