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#Narrow Escape: Police defuse explosive parcels targeting Okonjo Iweala

Nigeria's Finance Minister,Dr. Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala

Nigeria’s Finance Minister,Dr. Ngozi-Okonjo-Iweala

Men of the Anti Bomb Squad of the Nigerian Police Force on Monday, detonated a device believed to be Improvised Explosive Device in front of the Nipost Office in Area 10, Abuja.

The Improvised Explosive Device (IED), deposited in front of the Nipost office premises was contained in a parcel with N100 postage stamp, allegedly addressed to the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Federation, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala .

Speaking with journalists, a NIPOST staff, Ibrahim Musa, said that they resumed work Monday morning and noticed an envelop with two N50 postage stamp on it in front of the premises and notified their boss who promptly invited the anti bomb squad.

According to Musa, “When the anti bomb squad came they controlled human movement around the area and went into work with their instruments and after a while we heard an explosion and another explosion followed later.”

He said no injuries was sustained as a result of the explosion .

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Police spokesperson, Frank Mba told SaharaReporters via telephone that the package was a box containing sand, and ceramic tiles abandoned near NIPOST.

He stated that  after the suspicious box was brought to the attention of the Nigerian police, the area was cordoned off, and the Police Bomb Squad called into the area at exactly 11:00 am Nigerian time only to find that the package was not a bomb.

Mba said the bomb squad approached the box with a bomb testing equipment that made a pop sound which had been commonly mistaken to be a controlled detonation of a bomb by members of the public.

Mr. Mba said the police appreciates the interest and alertness of the Nigerian public regarding matters of security asking residents of the area to go about their normal businesses.

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