Residents of Lagos were on Wednesday thrown into panic by rumours of a bomb planted in a car parked in a bank in Anthony Village of the metropolis.
But, the State Police Command which discredited the rumour, explained that the car belonged to a resident who parked it in the bank due to a mechanical fault.
In a statement, the Lagos Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Patricia Amadin, said that on Wednesday at about 07:00 hours the command was awakened by the news of a vehicle laden with Improvised Explosive Device, IED, suspiciously parked within the premises of GTBank, Anthony Village branch.
According to her, “upon receipt of the distress call, the police swung into action. The vehicle and the premises were scanned by the Police Bomb Disposal Unit. Thereafter, the vehicle was towed to Anthony Village Police Station.
“The vehicle owner, one Mrs. Ronke Dawodu, later surfaced and stated that she was driving home in her car with her children, when the car developed a mechanical fault. She said that it was in a bid to secure the car that she parked it at the bank’s premises without the knowledge of the guards,” Amadin said.
The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command, CP Fatai Owoseni, was however quoted appealing to all Lagosians to be alert at all times and promptly report all suspicious movements to the police.
In another development, the police decried the high rate of fire incidents in the state, arising from carelessness and mishandling of petroleum products through black marketeering and mass storage at homes due to perceived scarcity.
The command said that along Maidan Street by Ajiliti area of Mile 12, a motorcycle conveying a woman with a gallon of petrol stacked in a polythene bag collided with another motorcycle. In the process, the content spilled on the road and caught fire. The fire engulfed both motorcycles and four other persons close by. The rider, the passenger and two others suffered severe burns and have been admitted at a nearby hospital for treatment.
The command therefore appealed to members of the public to be mindful of how they handle petroleum products and stop mass storage of the product in their homes.

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