The Ekiti State government has said there was no casualty in an explosion that rocked the state Police Command’s Explosives Ordinance Disposal office located at old governor’s office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
In a statement signed by the state’s Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, the government said an on-the-spot assessment confirms that there are no casualties and the area is secured with no further threats but the impact caused some damages to some government offices in the vicinity.
He said:“An explosion was reported earlier this morning at the Explosives Ordnance Disposal (EOD) office in Ado Ekiti.
“An initial on-the-spot assessment confirms that there are no casualties and the area is secured with no further threats.
“Members of the public are advised to go about their normal duties.”
Also, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Amba Asuquo, while addressing newsmen at the scene, added that he suspected that the explosion was caused by counter-terrorism accessories kept in the office.
“Let my men from anti-bomb department check around. Officers of the anti-bomb are combing the place as you can see.
“This is the office where they keep detonation accessories. The explosion must have been caused by equipment kept in their stock house.
“The area has been cordoned off. We are going to devise means of ensuring improvement in the stocking of these equipment next time.
“We are happy that there is no loss of life, no casualty. Some of these devices are used to detect bomb and to detonate it. Some of them used to detonate on their own and that must have caused the explosion.”
The state governor, Mr Kayode Fayemi, was the site of the explosion to get a first hand information about the incident. The governor was accompanied by the the deputy governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi; commissioner for information and civic orientation,Muyiwa Olumilua; commissioner for local government affairs, Prof. Adio Afolayan, and other members of the State Executive Council, as well as the Chairman, Council of Obas and Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Ajibade Alabi.