Early reports which pointed to a terrorist attack on police head-quarters in Jimeta, Adamawa State has been debunked by the Commissioner of Police. Reacting to the incident, the police helmsman, Mr Mohammed Gazali, said that the blast which rocked his command was triggered by explosions from bombs recovered from Boko Haram and stored in the police armoury.
Gazali told newsmen in Yola that the recovered bomb exploded from the store used by the Police Command to warehouse exhibits. He said that most of those affected by the blast were policemen. “Policemen were mostly affected and we don’t know the actual casualties for now as the place is not yet safe for us to go in,” Gazali said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the explosion had also affected the walls of Majalisa Primary School where some pupils were injured. The state Commissioner for Information, Malam Ahmad Sajoh, confirmed that the pupils sustained minor injuries and had been treated and discharged from hospital.
The station where the blast occurred contained offices of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), Motor Traffic Department (MTD) and the police tailoring section. Meanwhile, the incident has led to hurried closure of markets and schools in the area as residents scamper home for safety.