Nigerian Army investigates minor explosion within Ikeja Cantonment

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By Chuks Oyema-Aziken

The Nigerian Army said it would investigate a minor explosion that occurred within the Nigerian Army (NA) Cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos on Monday.

Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, Director Army Public Relations stated this in a press release.

He said the incident which occurred on a farmland near the Mammy Market within the Cantonment 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.

“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. We urge residents in the general area not to panic and assure them of their safety.”

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