There was stampede and commotion in Gombe on Friday morning following rumours of insurgent Boko Haram fighters’ invasion of the state capital.
The confusion and scamper for safety started at past 10:00am while people were still trying to recover from the previous night’s blast, which claimed seven lives at Bauchi Motor Park about 13 hours earlier.
Motorists, motorcycle riders and commuters were seen scampering for safety; even as people living with disabilities who engage in street begging disappeared from the streets as quick as possible.
Most shop owners who were already opened for the day’s business swiftly shut their shops and joined in the panic run just as the initial boisterous traffic witnessed thinned out, giving way to deserted streets.
It was later on gathered that the pandemonium started from one of the check-points around Ligi axis at the outskirts of Gombe metropolis.
The source said a certain road users attempted to beat the security check point in a suspicious manner, which prompted the security operatives manning the checkpoint to shot into the air to scare him to a halt.
The people’s reaction may not be unconnected to the previous nights’ experience at Pindiga/Kahere axis of Akko local government and the Bauchi Park bomb blast coupled with the suspicion that the insurgents might make good their promise to stage a similar attack to that of February 14 in Gombe metropolis.