Traders at the Sheik Abubakar Gumi Market in Kaduna yesterday abandoned their shops and ran for cover following the discovery of a bag suspect to contain an explosive.
The apprehension came a day after a bomb disposal policeman was killed on Tuesday in Kaduna when an explosion device he was trying to detonate went off an hour after a blast near the Sultan Bello Mosque.
The bag was found close to Access Bank Automated Teller Machine (ATM) located at the market along Ibrahim Taiwo road in Kaduna.
Shop owners immediately began to lock their shops while customers who went to the bank started scampering for safety as the news that a bomb was found close to the bank spread round the market and beyond.
The anti-bomb squad arrived amidst the confusion and asked people within the premises to vacate the area while the bank was closed.
The police, after search, discovered that the bag has no explosive but screws and other mechanical tools.
One of the bank’s officials, who pleaded for anonymity, said the bag was discovered by one of their security men.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Aminu Lawan, confirmed the incident, saying the attention of the police was drawn by the bank officials.
He said the police have recovered the bag which he said contains screws, screw drivers and other mechanical tools.