A botched bomb scare arises in Sokoto on Saturday barely three hours after the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar appealed to Nigerians to serve as security agent of their localities.
According to Sokoto State Police Command, the police anti bomb squad were alerted at about 1.30pm on Saturday of a suspicious box near a major hotel in the city.
It was gathered that the box was brought to the area by four boys, who attempted to open it.
However, the security guards attached to the hotel were said to have instantly alerted a police patrol vehicle stationed at the Dandima round about, very close to the sokoto meat and vegetable market.
Confirming the incident, the Spokesman of the command, Mr El-Mustapha Sani said, “The box was just containing some empty packs and it was thought to have been stolen from the nearby sokoto central market by the boys.
“Actually, our men had opened the box which was locked with a padlock and it is now in our custody, and it is not a bomb.
“No arrest was made as the boys fled the scene, with one of them shouting bomb, apparently to divert the attention of the people, hence, evaded arrest.”
The bomb scare came barely three hours after the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar appealed to Nigerians at the 13th Annual General Meeting of Sokoto Education Development Trust Fund to serve as security agent of their localities.