A tremendous blast from suspected improvised explosive devices (IED) placed in an empty groundnut oil can occurred at Angwa Rimi suburb in Jos, Plateau State, on Saturday at about 9:30pm and destroyed the window glasses of a taxi cab parked at the spot.
But the divisional police officer in charge of Angwuan Rogo, Jos North local government area, said that there was no casualty from the blast.
The blast happened near the house of a prominent Islamic scholar, Sheikh Saidu Hassan Jingri, deputy to Sheikh Yahaya Jingri, an Izala sect leader in Jos.
A statement by the commissioner of police, Plateau State command, Mr. Dipo Ayeni, said: “The blast caused no death or injury, but a taxi cab parked nearby had its window glasses shattered.
In a swift reaction, the Plateau State government, through the director of press affairs and communication, Government House, Jos, Mr. James Mannock, said the state government decried the acts.
According to him, the state security outfit “Operation Rainbow” and the special task force (STF) had been directed to mount security surveillance around the flashpoints in the state.
Meanwhile, the stop-and-search and intensive security patrol were ongoing in the state as at the time of filing this report
The police anti-bomb disposal unit had been dispatched to the scene but witnesses said they saw an unidentified person rushing away from the scene and being interviewed by security agencts.
No arrest had been made, but the area was calm.