The relative peace in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), was disrupted yesterday, when news of a car allegedly laden with explosive devices and parked on the road, broke.
The vehicle, a Peugeot 406, was abandoned by the roadside for hours at Mararaba, a satellite town in Nassarawa State, near Abuja.
Residents, who sighted the vehicle parked in that position for a very long time,suspected that it was laden with explosives and abandoned by the owner who could be hiding somewhere to detonate the bomb.
The news of a possible bomb blast soon spread like wild fire in the area, prompting residents, traders and visitors at Mararaba, Myanya, Kari and other satellite towns in the area to abandon their businesses to run for dear life.
It was gathered that soldiers at a checkpoint, who were alerted, stormed the area with personnel of the anti-bomb unit, who scanned the car but found no explosive on it and concluded that the owner, due to mechanical fault, might have abandoned the car.
When contacted, the FCT Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the incident but said there was noting like bomb blast in the area.
The soldiers then called men of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the area, who them towed the vehicle to their office.