Residents panic as explosion rocks Lokoja 

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An explosion Tuesday morning rocked Lokoja, the Kogi state capital, causing fear and panic among the people.

The loud explosion which occurred around 8:30am was heard in the premises of the state Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.

The premises also housed the office of the secretary to the Kogi state government, Ministry of Women Affairs and Kogi Printing Press.
Though there was no injury and loss of life, but the loud explosion scared workers who were already in their offices preparing for the day’s job.

When contacted on phone, the state Commissioner of Police, Edward Egbuka, confirmed the explosion.

He said: “We were informed of a package that looked like a bomb left in the premises by unknown person and I immediately deployed the bomb disposal unit there to assess the object.

“The object was immediately blown up and 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 investigation has also commenced to ascertain what the object was and who left it there.

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