The bomb disposal unit of the Nigeria Police Force say they foiled a bomb attempt on a Christian school in Abuja on Thursday.
According to reports, a security guard at St. Alloysius Schools in Area 3, Garki, Abuja said a bomb was found under a mango tree where the students often stopped to buy snacks after school.
The security man reportedly alerted the head teacher, Sister Philomena Akem, of his findings and she in turn called policemen on duty at the St. Alloysius Catholic Arch Diocese.
The policemen informed the bomb squad and they quickly came to the rescue, defusing the device. The incident caused panic amongst concerned parents and residents in the area even as police officers cordoned off the area to prevent access to the device.
Sister Akem confirmed the incident to the Punch and said the management of the school had called on the Development Control of the Federal Capital Territory to provide more security along the road where the prominent Catholic Church and schools are located.
She said the Development Control had sent officials to the school to assess the situation on Wednesday.
However, the school is taking stronger steps to ensure the security of students. Chairman of the Parents Teachers Association of the school, Dr. James Agbonhese, said the PTA and security committee were already beefing up security measures at the school.
He was, however, thankful that the device was found in time.