The Nigeria Police Force on Tuesday dismissed rumour of a bomb explosion at a shopping complex in Lokogoma, a settlement in the Federal Capital Territory.
The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba, who dismissed the rumour during an interaction with newsmen in Abuja, described the unfortunate incident as false alarm.
Mba said that no case of bomb explosion was reported in or around the FCT, noting that investigations by security operatives had indicated that the incident was a mere fire outbreak.
“It is unfortunate that some people have gone to town to report that it was an explosion; it was a mere fire outbreak at a shopping complex in Lokogoma.
“Reports reaching us showed that the fire, triggered by an electrical fault, started from a laundry shop at the shopping complex.
“It was also said that part of the building was razed by the fire and the explosion.
“The big sound that caused the false alarm came from the compressor of the air conditioning system at the shop,” he said.
Mba also said that no lives were lost in the incident except for the property contained in parts of the building razed by the fire.
He urged residents of the territory to disregard the rumour and move on with their legitimate businesses, assuring them of police’s readiness to protect their lives and property.
The police spokesman,however, advised property owners to always provide safety equipment in their buildings and to ensure strict adherence to safety precautions and to avoid similar occurrence in future.
A loud explosion was heard at the Lokogoma area of the FCT early Tuesday morning. (NAN)