Abuja Market Shut Over Bomb Scare

PIC. 12. SHOPS OPEN FOR BUSINESS AT WUSE MARKET ON TUESDAY  (10/1/12).Wuse market in Abuja was shut down yesterday til 10am due to intelligence report of pending bomb blast in one of the crowded markets in Abuja.
Traders who usually are allowed into the market for business as early as 6am, where today shutout to enable security operatives sweep the environment due to tipoff of a possible bomb blast.
Even after the market was opened to business, security operatives are seen in all the entrance into the market, conducting security checks on people going into the market with bomb detectors.
Operatives at the Wuse market security check point, who spoke to The Nation and pleaded anonymity, said that the check was a precautionary move in respect to tip off from Police that the market could be under attack.
In his words, “contrary to reports flying around, we did not catch any suicide bomber, Security operatives acquired intelligence that bomb may be set off in any of the markets in Abuja, so to ensure the safety of the market, we shut it down until a security sweep had been done to ensure that the environment was safe.
“Now we are searching everyone that comes in to ensure that no one walks into the vicinity with explosives but business has resumed at the market as usual and there is nothing to fear.”
One of the traders at the market, Obinna said, “No, it is good they are doing this, Nigeria is no longer safe and no one is to trusted, we are happy for the new development and everyone these days is on the lookout for anything or anyone suspicious.”
Another trader Abdullahi said, “After the Nyanya blast and everything happening these days in Nigeria, i wonder why it took security operatives this long to know that our markets need security, this is a good development and i hope that they won’t get tired and relax, they need to check everyone coming into this market because this is a very busy market and women’s bags most especially should be checked because we can never know what they carry in it.”