The Ikeja Cantonment bomb blast that happened in January 2002 was a big day of grief in the country’s history.
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The sad incident started on a Sunday afternoon when the fire got to the armoury section of the barrack and caused a huge explosion in the evening.
In this report, Legit.ng will be drawing resources from History.com to highlight some of the important details of the event.
Almost 300 people died immediately
The platform reports that after the blast had crumbled some blocks, about 300 humans died who were mostly soldiers and their families.
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The aftereffects in the city
The quake of the blast was felt many miles away as the tremor destroyed more homes. Debris of ammunitions rained in some other parts of the state, wrecking more havoc. This resulted in scattered fire outbreaks.
Fear and panic pushed more people to their death. People from a neighbouring banana plantation were scared and wanted to seek refuge. They ran into a canal without knowing since everywhere was dark.
As people tried to shuffle each other to seek safety, History.com reports that at least 600 people drowned and died.
As a result of the fire razing people's homes, Wikipedia gathered that thousands of people were rendered homeless. It also disclosed the Red Cross stated that though at least 1,000 bodies were recovered, the actual death toll was unknown.
Despite the fact that the country is still facing many challenges, one only prays for sufficient strength to keep overcoming as a nation.
Gunmen destroy police station
Meanwhile, YEN.com.gh earlier reported that gunmen attacked the Ideato South local government area police headquarters in Dikenafai, Imo state.
The attack, which took place on Thursday, January 6, saw some detainees set free after the attackers were said to have bombed the facility.
It was gathered that the hoodlums, who came in large numbers destroyed the building with explosives.
Hoodlums attack train
In other news, Rotimi Amaechi, the minister of transportation, on Friday, October 22, 2021, promised Nigerians that vandals who attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train will be caught in no time.
Amaechi said the criminals will be tracked by the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant-General Faruk Yahaya, and himself.
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