Bomb Scare – Man enters bank with IED, demands N100m in Jos

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By Israel Adams, Jos

A Man whose name is yet be known on Monday entered the Dadinkowa branch of United Bank For Africa UBA in Jos South local government area of Plateau State, with an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), demanding a N100m from the bank or threatening to detonate it.

This situation created panic around the area with many people seen running for their safety.

A staff of the bank who doesn’t want his name in print confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Tuesday .

He said that the incident occurred when staff of the bank were attending to customers.

He said the suspect approached a frontline teller, pretending to withdraw money, but instead dropped a note to the attendant, in which he claimed that an IED was strapped to his body and would detonate if his demand was not met.

According to him ” Understanding the demand of the suspect, the bank teller quickly communicated the situation to their supervisor who promptly alerted bank security to open the emergency exit for people to run. Thereafter, customers were alerted to leave the banking hall for their safety.

“Realizing that customers have started running out of the back, he also joined them but was arrested by the bank security guards who later called in Anti-bomb squad.

On their arrival, they took him to Rantya police station for further investigation, ” the bank staff narrated.

The bank staff however believe that the suspect was able to enter the bank because the IED attached to his body was a fake one, allowing him to bypass the Mantrap door undetected.

The spokesperson of the state police command, DSP Alabo Alfred, is yet to respond to the inquiry on the incident as at the time of filing this report.

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