Army cordons off explosion site in Ikeja Cantonment


Ikeja Army Cantonment

By Oladapo Udom

The Nigerian Army has cordoned off the farmland near the Mammy Market of Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos State where a minor explosion occurred on Monday.

The site was cordoned off by men of the 9 Brigade Nigerian Army and from every indication, the situation is under control.

A correspondent who visited the explosion site on Tuesday and observed that a tape was put around the area to prevent unauthorised entry.

The Director, Army Public Relations, Maj.-Gen. Onyema Nwachukwu, in a statement on Monday said the explosion was suspected to have been triggered by the burning of refuse and other inflammable debris.

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He also said that no casualty was recorded as a result of the explosion.

“However, given that the cantonment was recently cleared and certified free of unexploded ordnances, we understand that there will be concerns among the general public,” he said.

The Army spokesperson assured the public that the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team had taken control of the area.

“We will conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the explosion.

“We urge residents in the general area not to panic and assure them of their safety,” the Nigerian Army spokesperson said.

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