Soon as the police anti-bomb unit was called to handle the luggage, rumor circulated in Nigeria that the airport had been hit with a bomb explosion.
However,a statement released by Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to Saharareporters stated there was no explosion of any kind. He stated that airport security officials only took precautionary measures in handling the luggage according to international procedures.
Full Text of Press Release:
No Bomb Blast at MMIA. It was an abandoned carry on baggage/ hand bag with the British Airways tag with pax name Salami A. Atolagbe-Aro was discovered at E – Arr frontage 1948hrs. The Bag was thereafter diffused by three men from Police Bomb Disposal Unit at about 2058hrs. The contents of the bag was taken and were personal effects and currently in the custody of FAAN Aviation Security Crime Investigation Bureau( CIB). BA has confirmed that the pax actua[Receiving Text]ard procedure. They placed the bag under surveillance and went ahead to open it and thus creating the sound.
No Bomb explosion.
Signed- Dr H. O Demuren
Source: Sahara reporters