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How bomb explosion destroyedo Ekiti govt’s office

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There was pandemonium in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Saturday as a substance suspected to be bomb exploded inside the Old government secretariat.

The explosion which it sound effects reverberated as far as Okesa, Okeyinmi, Irona and Ilawe, Bashiri road, occurred at the Ordinance Explosive Disposal Department (EoD) of the Ekiti police command situated within the premises of the secretariat popularly called old governor’s office.

However, there were no casualties from the explosion.

It was gathered that the explosion occurred at about 7:30 am and affected offices in the Ministry of local government and chieftains affairs.

Also, the state Boundary Commission, Directorate of the Information and Communication Center, of the Director of Finance and Administration and the council chambers of the state traditional rulers were badly damaged from the explosion.View gallery (2)

The bungalow apartment of the EoD office was turned into rubbles while the adjoining offices that housed the office of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, Correspondents’ chapel, Ekiti chapter was badly affected.

All the offices around the area were affected, with their louvre blades and glasses shattered to pieces while the asbestos and Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) ceiling, doors and windscreen of vehicles parked around the offices were forcefully removed and scattered.More in Home

The chairman of the Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers and Alawe of Ilawe, Oba Adebanji Ajibade Alabi, visited the scene to inspect the damaged done on the council chambers and other offices.

While Speaking, a night guard in the ministry who did not want his name in print noted there were no casualties as a result of the explosion.

He said, “it was as if heaven wanted to collapse when I heard about the explosion this morning. You know we are night guards and I was the one on duty today. My brother, I could not move an inch when I heard about it and I laid down flat in my space here praying to God for safety. I thanked God nobody died in this incident.”

A civil servant, who gave her name as Tope Adeola said the incident would have been devastating if the explosion occurred during work hours, saying, “it is really sad to see the effect of the explosion in our offices here and we can only thank God it did not happen yesterday (Friday) when everybody is in the office here.

Speaking, the Chairman of the Correspondents’ Chapel, Victor Ogunje, he lamented the effect of the explosion particularly on the office of the journalists. He advised the commissioner of Police to begin the process of moving the EoD office away from the premises of the secretariat.

“I am particularly saddened with the situation. I was called at about 8 am by a colleague to see things for myself here. As you can see that our office is shattered and other offices in the secretariat.

“I want to share the view of the governor that this EoD office ought not to have been situated inside this area and I want to advise the commissioner of Police to do something very urgently by moving the office from this place.

“It will have been devastating if this incident happened during working hours because it really touched major offices here.”

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