Army Confirms ‘Minor Explosion’ At Ikeja Cantonment

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The Nigerian Army has confirmed a minor explosion within the Nigerian Army (NA) Cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos.
A statement by the Director, Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, said the incident, which occurred on Monday, April 1, 2024, happened on a farmland near the Mammy Market within the Cantonment.
He 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.
“Fortunately, no casualty was recorded in the incident.”
The Army spokesman, however, said 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 wishes to assure the public that the situation is under control as the NA Engineers Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team has cordoned off the area of the farmland to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of the explosion.”
He, therefore, urged residents in the general area not to panic even as he assured them of their safety.


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