The police in Plateau State on Monday confirmed that two bombs were discovered in the premises of a hostel at the University of Jos on Sunday.
The Police Commissioner, Mr Emmanuel Ayeni, said the officers were able to detonate one of the bombs while the second exploded, injuring no person.
He said, “When my officers and men with the Anti-Bomb Squad arrived in the scene, they were able to detonate the second bomb and luckily, the one that exploded did not harm anybody or cause damage to the hostel block.’’
Ayeni said although the police had begun investigation, no suspect had been arrested, describing the incident as criminal.
He said the bombs were locally made, promising that the planters would be found and brought to judgment.
He called on students and members of the university community to go about their normal activities as the police were on top of the situation.
A security officer with the university’s Intelligence Unit, who pleaded anonymity, told NAN that the unit received an emergency call on the development at about 8.00 p.m. and subsequently, invited the police.
“The bomb exploded was planted behind a hostel block while the one that the police detonated was planted beside a building.
“Our joy is that nobody was hurt nor the hostel damaged by the blast; probably this is because the devices were said to be locally made,” he said.
In his comment, the Chief Security Officer of the university, retired Col. Labaran Bature, also confirmed the incident in a telephone interview.
NAN reports that normalcy has returned to the university as students are going in and out of the affected students’ hostel for their lectures.