17 Years After, FG Builds 288 Flats for Victims of Ikeja Cantonment Blast

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The Federal Government has reportedly completed 288 new housing units to rehabilitate victims of the 2002 Ikeja cantonment bomb blast in which over 1,000 people were killed, mainly from drowning and several left homeless.

A source told Today’s Echo that president Buhari ordered the construction of new dwellings for the victims in the Barack in 2016. Now 288 new flats have been completed.

“In 2002, Bombs blasted Ikeja Cantonment, leading to death of 1,000 people. For 13years, FG promised to build new accomodation,but delivered failed. In 2016, PMB ordered the construction of new dwellings, and now 288 new flats have been built, with plans for more, ” a Twitter account supporting the government posted on Friday.

The Lagos armoury explosion was the accidental detonation of a large stock of military high explosives at a storage facility in Ikeja, Lagos, on 27 January 2002. The fires created by the debris from this explosion burnt down a large section of Northern Lagos, and created a panic that spread to other areas.

As people fled the flames, many stumbled into a concealed canal and drowned. The explosion and its aftermath are believed to have killed at least 1,100 people and displaced over 20,000, with many thousands injured or homeless.

The Federal Government launched an enquiry, which blamed the Nigerian Army for failing to properly maintain the base, or to decommission it when instructed to do so in 2001.

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