IDRIS AHMED, LOKOJA.
Many Civil Servants were jolted and scampered for safety following an early morning loud explosion on Tuesday in Lokoja within the premises housing the office of the Secretary to Kogi State Government and three other ministries.
The loud explosion was heard at about 8.30 a.m when workers were just resuming for the day’s assignments.
It was gathered that some of the workers who resumed earlier at the Ministry of Local government and Chieftaincy Affairs, sighted a suspicious object and decided to report to their superior officers, who immediately alerted the police.
According to a source the Police Bomb disposal unit promptly arrived the scene and in the process of detonating the object a loud explosion was heard causing pandemonium and panic among the workers and neighborhood of the premises
When contacted, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, confirmed the explosion .
He said what happened was “we were informed of a package that looked like a bomb was 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 disposal unit, brought about by their efforts to blow up the object.
Investigation has also commenced to ascertain what the object was.”
However, the Police and the Kogi State government in separate statements denied that there was an explosion, saying it was something like an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by unknown person.