Nigerian Army confirms explosion in Ikeja cantonment

The Nigerian Army, NA, has confirmed a minor explosion at the Cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos.

A statement by the Director Army Public Relations, Major General, Onyema Nwachukwu said the incident which occurred on a farmland near the Mammy Market, within the cantonment had been put under control.

“This is to notify the general public that today Monday 1 April 2024, a minor explosion occurred within the Nigerian Army, NA, Cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos.

“The incident occurred on a farmland near the Mammy Market within the Cantonment,” the statement said in part.

Nwachukwu said “the explosion is suspected to have been triggered by the burning of refuse and other inflammable debris by a farmer who cultivated the farmland.”

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Though there was no casualty recorded in the incident, however, the NA noted that “given that the cantonment was recently cleared and certified free of unexploded ordnances, we understand that there could be concerns among the general public as a result of the historical antecedent of explosion within the cantonment.”

The NA therefore assured the public that the situation is under control as the Army Engineers Explosive Ordnance Disposal team has cordoned off the area of the farmland to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the explosion.

“We urge residents in the general area not to panic as their safety is guaranteed,” he added.

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