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Bomb scare at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja

There was pandemonium yesterday, August 8, 2017, at Murtala Muhammed International Airport, MMIA, following the discovery of an alleged bomb planted by some unscrupulous persons. The incident was followed by an alarm raised by workers arriving at the hajj and cargo terminal area who discovered the unattended bag.

According to a security source who spoke to Vanguard, said that the terminal manager the discovery was drawn immediately call was placed to the security agencies at the airport, leading to the arrival of the Bomb Disposal Unit which proceeded to destroy the bag. But the equipment used blasted a hole in one of the terminal buildings, causing the roof to shatter and had everyone running helter-skelter for safety.

After the blast, however, it was discovered that the bag only contained booklets of the Lagos State Pilgrims Welfare Board, normally issued to pilgrims from the state.

Another source said: “We received a call from a top official of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) today, calling our attention to a possible bomb planted by some people at the terminal.

“So, we immediately got to work and blasted the bag, which we discovered contained booklets of Lagos State Pilgrims board, but, it created a lot of fear at that area of the airport.”

Reacting to the rumour, FAAN General Manager, Corporate Affairs, Mrs Henrietta Yakubu has refuted the rumoured bomb scare, saying it was an unattended bag at the hajj and cargo area of the terminal had caused the scare. She said the bag in question contained some copies of an Islamic guide; meant for pilgrims to guide them with regards to their journey.

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