Today, July 26, a loud explosion shook Lokoja, the state capital of Kogi, which is home to the state’s post office.
According to the Daily Trust, the alleged explosion actually happened close to the offices of the Kogi State Government’s secretary, the ministry for women’s issues, and the ministry for chieftaincy affairs. Around 8.30 am, as workers were returning to their various offices and store owners were leaving to open their stores for regular business, an explosion occurred that sent workers and many locals scrambling for safety.
Eyewitnesses say an object like a bomb was sighted around the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs which has in its opposite and adjacent, offices of the secretary to the state government and Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs, including the newly completed Muhammadu Buhari event centre that is awaiting Commission at the far opposite.
Confirming the incident, the state commissioner of police, CP Edward Egbuka, said;
“Yes, what happened was, we were informed of a package that looked like a bomb, left on the premises and I immediately, deployed the bomb disposal unit there to assess the object.
The object was immediately blown up, the explosion you heard was the handwork of our bomb disposing unit brought about by their efforts to blow up the object.”
He added that an investigation has commenced to ascertain the character of the object to measure the motive behind its presence in the areas.