The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Frank Mba dismissed the rumour during an interaction with journalists in Abuja, saying it was a false alarm.
According to Mba, there was no case of bomb explosion reported in or around the FCT. He also noted 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.
The Force Public Relations Officer also said that no lives were lost in the incident, but the property contained in parts of the building was razed by the fire.
He therefore urged residents of the territory to disregard the rumour and move on with their businesses, assuring them of police’s readiness to protect their lives and property.
Mba also advised property owners to always provide safety equipment in their buildings and ensure strict adherence to safety precautions to avoid similar occurrence in future.