Ikeja Cantonment

Army confirms Ikeja Cantonment explosion in Lagos, blames farmer

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Nigerian Army (NA) has confirmed last Monday’s explosion which rocked the Cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos, blaming it on illegal burning of refuse by a farmer.

According to the Director of Army Public Relations, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu, the incident, occurred on a farmland near the Mammy Market within the Cantonment.

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

Though there was no casualty recorded in the incident, however, the Nigerian Army 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 Nigerian Army therefore assured the public that the situation is under control as the Army 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 as their safety is guaranteed,” It added.

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