Some items believed to be materials for making improvised explosive devices were weekend dumped near a police station along Gombe road in Bauchi metropolis.
This came as one Augustine Odogwu posing as a
fake Superintendent of Police was arrested by soldiers with 108
kilogrammes of substance suspected to be Indian hemp along Bauchi - Kano
road near Gadar Maiwa village.
The explosives which were
neatly packed in cartons were abandoned in the densely populated area
very close to the Bauchi township divisional Police station by
The Bauchi State Police Command has however removed the explosives.
Confirming the incident, the State Police Commissioner, Mohammed Ladan,
said ‘’the materials were dumped near the Bauchi township Divisional
Police station and they were concealed in a carton.
in the process of being assembled into IEDs and were kept inside Turkey
oil and Maltina tins but they did not complete the process. We have
removed the materials and the area is safe.”
Residents of the
area near the popular Alkali Aminu’s house said they were shocked,
afraid and confused when they saw a carton containing suspected bomb
that was carefully kept inside some containers with a bag containing
In another development, a fake Superintendent of
Police has been arrested by soldiers with 108 kilogramme of substance
suspected to be Indian hemp along Bauchi - Kano road near Gadar Maiwa
village in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
reliable security source in Bauchi who confirmed the incident said the
man, Augustine Odogwu, was arrested at a military road block along Ningi
road with a fake identity card identifying him as a Superintendent of
Police as well a police uniform with the substance inside his car.
“After the man was arrested, the first preliminary investigation
confirmed that the suspect is not a policeman and he was handed over to
the Nigeria Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Bauchi State Command
for further investigation,” the source said.
Though the NDLEA
Commander in Bauchi, Mr. Parah Julius Bawa, could not be reached for
confirmation at the time of filing this report, a senior officer in the
command confirmed that the suspect was already undergoing interrogation
as he had made some confessional statements.