25th November, 2011
Tragedy was averted in Apapa, Lagos southwest Nigeria, Monday when an expired grenade being detonated at the Queenâ€™s Army Barracks Apapa hit the roof of a coupleâ€™s flat at 34, Bombay Crescent, Apapa injuring some members of the family.
P.M.NEWS gathered that the unexploded grenade hit the roof of the house and landed on the bed, emitting smoke. The occupants ran out of the room and called the attention of their neighbours to the incident.
The matter was reported to policemen at the Apapa Station and together with some military personnel from Queenâ€™s Barracks, visited the house to ascertain the extent of damage.
The grenade which had burnt part of the familyâ€™s bed was taken away by the security officials.
Narrating the incident to P.M.NEWS, Mrs. Josephine Hassan, Principal of a private school in Apapa said the grenade hit their home around 8.30 p.m. on Monday when she and her husband, Femi Hassan, had returned from work.
â€œWe were preparing to eat when I heard a loud noise. It was so sudden. The grenade went through the roof and landed on our bed and started emitting smoke.
â€œI ran out with my husband and children and called the attention of neighbours to the incident.
â€œI have never experienced such incident in my life. I was shocked. In the process of running, we sustained injuries.
â€œThe Army Commander at the Queenâ€™s Barracks and police officers from Apapa Station visited our house to assess the damage. They took photographs and the grenade was taken away,â€ Mrs. Hassan told P.M.NEWS.
Residents of Bombay Crescent who did not want their name in print told P.M.NEWS that they had written to the army authorities to stop detonating grenades and other explosives in the barracks because it is located in a residential area.
â€œSee what happened on Monday, it could have led to the death of members of the family if the grenade had exploded in the house. The Army should find somewhere safe to detonate their explosives, not in crowded residential areas,â€œ a top official of Apapa Community Development Association, ACDA, told P.M.NEWS.
Policemen at the Apapa Station confirmed the incident, adding that the police and army authorities have commenced investigation into the matter.
â€œIt is nothing to worry about, just an accidental discharge. We are investigating it to prevent a future occurrence,â€ the police source stated.
Efforts to speak with the brigade commander at the Queenâ€™s Army Barracks, Apapa proved unsuccessful as soldiers prevented our correspondent entry.
â€” Cyriacus Izuekwe