A suspected carrying a bag laden with possible explosive materials was apprehended by police authorities on Monday, reports said. The authorities believe they foiled a possible attack on the Police Force headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The accused person and suspected Boko Haram member was caught smuggling explosive-making ingredients into Louis Edet house, Area 11 Garki, where authorities say he planned to assemble and detonate the device.
Police sources told the Vanguard that the arrested man, identified as Mr. Badamasi Saliu, 42, hails from Kaura Namoda Village in Zamfara State. He raised suspicions when he walked at a brisk pace past security officials manning the gates of the force headquarters, refusing to stop for a routine check.
Alerted security officials quickly pursued and overpowered the suspect, wrestling him to the ground. His bag was taken from him when he was arrested and upon searching it, security officials discovered ingredients which they claim are useful in creating Improvised Explosive Devices, such as broken bottles, metal cans and a yet to be identified liquid substance which forensics officials are currently examining.
Authorities also found different identification cards and vehicle plates in the suspect’s possession. Saliu told police officers that he had been headed elsewhere when he accidentally wandered into the police force headquarters. Police sources say it is too early to determine if the man is a suspected bomber or a spy for the sect, but the source dismisses claims that the suspect was unaware of his surroundings.