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Nigerian army reacts as explosion rocks Ikeja military cantonment in Lagos



An explosion rocked the Ikeja Military Cantonment in Lagos State on Monday, April 1, 2024.

The explosion was said to have occurred on a farmland in the cantonment, however, there was no report of casualty in the incident.

This came more than 22 years after a bomb explosion that emanated from the cantonment killed several people in the state.

In October 2023, the service recovered 642 unexploded bombs from the cantonment.

While confirming the Monday explosion, the Nigerian Army described it as a minor incident and urged residents to remain calm.

He said a team of engineers at the Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit had cordoned off the farmland where the explosion occurred to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the incident.

The statement read, “This is to notify the general public that today, Monday, April 1, 2024, a minor explosion occurred within the Nigerian Army Cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos The incident occurred on a farmland near the Mammy Market within the cantonment.

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

“Fortunately, no casualty was recorded in the incident. However, 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.

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“The NA therefore wishes to assure the public that the situation is under control as the NA 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 and assure them of their safety.”

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