The car containing the bomb that exploded at a busy motor park in Nyanya, an Abuja suburb on Monday, was driven to the park by two men in military uniform.
Head of Operations of Isiyaka Nagode Enterprises, Salisu Mukhtar, made this known in an interview with a PUNCH correspondent in Abuja on Thursday.
But the allegation has been denied by the Nigerian Army.
Mukhtar also said that staff of the company had been questioned by the police.
He stated, “Somebody that slept there told us he was there when two men in Army uniforms entered and parked a car there.
“Two of them came in two cars. They parked the car and left in the other car around 2am. The person that saw them could not challenge them because they were in military uniform. They left in the second car.
“When he woke up around 5am, he still found the car there. Because he was disturbed, he sent one of his boys to our office but we had not come by then. The bomb exploded when the boy he sent was returning and he died in the bomb blast”.
According to him, the FCT police command has begun investigation into the incident, adding that they (the management of the park) did not witness the bomb blast.
“They (police) quizzed us about the incident but we told them we were not there when the thing happened”, he said.
Mukhtar also revealed that he lost seven members of staff in the explosion.
“We have seen their corpses. They are in the mortuary now. Seven of them including loaders and one task force member are dead”.
In his reaction to the allegation, the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen Laleye Olajide, described it as a falsehood which should be dismissed.
Olajide accused those making the allegation of being on a mission to ‘destroy the image of the army’.
The army spokesperson wondered why those making the claim did not speak up immediately after the explosion on Monday, wondering why the revelation is coming several days after the incident occurred.
He said, “Why did they not say so in the beginning when the explosion occurred if it was true?
“Why did they not say it at the time. This thing happened how many days ago, it happened since Monday and I have not read it anywhere. People said they even recovered the bodies of the bombers, they did not say the bodies were recovered with military uniform.
“Why are people just out to destroy the image of the Army? This is falsehood, it is not true. It is just another attempt to destroy the image of the Army”.