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The Kogi State government has confirmed the explosion which rocked the state during a visit by President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday.
The state government blamed the explosion on “enemies of progress” and misguided politicians”.
Recall that an explosion was reported around a community in Okene Local Government Area, LGA, of the State on Thursday morning.
The incident occurred at a mosque near the palace of Ado Ibrahim, the paramount ruler of Ebiraland.
The development took place while President Buhari was in the area to inaugurate projects executed by the state government.
Reports say at least four people lost their lives during the incident while two others were injured.
The incident was initially denied by the Kogi commissioner for information, Kingsley Fanwo, saying it was a “mere transformer spark which injured one person”.
Fanwo later deleted his tweets on the incident.
The incident was, however, confirmed by Jerry Omodara, security adviser to Yahaya Bello, Kogi governor, noting there was prior intelligence of the incident.
He said it was for this reason that “we had enough deployment of security personnel across the state to be able to frustrate their efforts”.
“Unfortunately, in spite of that, the enemies of progress still tried to distract President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to Kogi by setting that explosion,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“All the same, the deployment and tight security around didn’t allow them to achieve their aim.
“This government can authoritatively say that the cause of the blast was solely the act of misguided politicians and people who don’t want anything good for their state.
“We are aware of some disgruntled politicians celebrating the sad incident that happened today in Okene, where some innocent people lost their lives.
“As a government, we believe that issues of security must concern everyone, and until we all put our hands on deck, it will affect us in one way or the other.
“The people who died today are some persons’ children, brothers or relations, so it must concern all of us.
“But for some politicians to celebrate the blast is very unfortunate and not the kind of politics that can move us forward in this state and the nation as a whole.”
The security adviser insisted that “the visit of our president, Muhammadu Buhari, was very successful” in spite of the incident.
Omodara said the “enemies of the state” will continue to fail in their antics to “ensure that this government doesn’t succeed in moving Kogi forward”.
“Let it be a sound of warning to the disgruntled politicians that Kogi will continue to be on top in area of security in this country as far as Bello’s administration is concerned,” he said.
“His (Bello) interest is to have peace in Kogi and nothing can distract him from that. We are suspecting the man that perished in the car as the one who brought the bomb or explosive to disrupt the programme for today.
“Already samples have been taken both human and vehicle parts, and the police and other security agencies investigating the incident will determine what exactly happened.
“As a government, we sympathise and condole those families that lost their loved ones to the explosion of today, Thursday.”