JUST IN: Police React to Explosion in Abuja, Reveal Cause

The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Police Command has reacted following reports of an explosion in the Maitama area of the Federal Capital Territory.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Josephine Adeh, has said that contrary to initial speculation of a bomb blast, the incident was a result of an overheated metal refuse bin.

The statement reads: “The FCT Police Command hereby wishes to update the public on an alleged explosion on 24/01/2024 at about 1145 hrs, near a refuse dump outside the Bureau of Public Enterprise premises in Maitama, Abuja.”

“A rapid response team and members of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit was deployed to assess the situation and preliminary findings indicate than an overheated metal refuse container activated under intense heat, exploded, thereby causing injury to two of the refuse evacuator, who are currently receiving medical attention in Maitama General Hospital.

“The FCT Police Command urges members of the public to exercise caution and refrain from using metal refuse bins. Instead, we recommend the use of plastic or rubber containers for waste disposal, as they pose a reduced risk of incidents related to overheated metal refuse containers.”

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