Explosion suspected to be bomb Saturday rocked buildings on the premises of the old governor’s office in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The old governor’s office located at Oke Ori-Omi area of the Ado Ekiti metropolis is where the Ministry of local government and chieftaincy affairs, is located.
The explosion, The Nation, gathered occurred around 7:05 am caused panic in the area and its environs as it shook buildings located several kilometres away from the scene of the incident.
The incident occurred at the Ordinance Explosive Disposal Department (EoD) of the Ekiti police command located within the premises of the government secretariat.
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.
When a reporter visited the scene, the police Commissioner, Mr Asuquo Amba and officers of the anti bomb squad were still removing some of the explosive materials in the area.
While addressing newsmen at the site of the explosion, the Amba explained no life was lost, adding that he suspected that the explosion was caused by counter-terrorism accessories kept in office.
He said: “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”, Amba stated.
Governor Kayode Fayemi and his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi who visited the site for on-spot-assessment said the anti-bomb department shouldn’t have been located in the area, stressing “it ought to be in a far distance.
In a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, shortly after the incident, 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”, the statement said.
Mohammed Umar Named Acting EFCC Chairman
Mohammed Umar, director of operations at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has been named acting chairman of the agency.
According to NAN, a top official of the commission confirmed that Umar has taken charge of the agency in the absence of Ibrahim Magu.
Ibrahim Magu Moves His Belongings Out Of Official Residence
The acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, has moved his personal belongings out of official residence in Maitama.
Credible sources have confirmed to TVC News that security agencies in two vehicles visited his personal residence in Karu and may have been looking for incriminating documents.
It is not clear if they have visited his official residence in maitama, but TVC News reports that Mr Magu has removed his personal effects from the Maitama house
The seven-man panel has concluded its sitting today with a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Kanu Agabi representing Mr Ibrahim Magu.
It is still unclear why Mr Magu is being held and has not returned to his personal or official residence.
BREAKING: Ondo Assembly Suspends Deputy Speaker, One Lawmaker
The Deputy Speaker of the Ondo State House of Assembly, Iroju Ogundeji has been suspended.
Ogundeji was suspended alongside another member of the House, Hon. Adewale Williams.
The two lawmakers were suspended by the leadership of the House on Wednesday during plenary for unruly behaviour.
The affected lawmakers were among the nine lawmakers who did not sign the impeachment notice against the embattled Deputy Governor of the state, Agboola Ajayi.
Recall that the Political fireworks began on Monday in Ondo as lawmakers in the House of Assembly commenced impeachment processes against the Deputy Governor, Hon Agboola Ajayi.
A total of 14 lawmakers supported the impeachment, nine lawmakers kicked against the impeachment while three lawmakers stayed away from the drama.
The deputy governor, Agboola Ajayi was said to be served a notice of impeachment.
In the impeachment notice signed by the 14 lawmakers, they accused Ajayi of gross misconduct, abuse of office with action likely to bring down Ondo state government, financial recklessness, abandonment of office, official duties and other assignments, carrying out actions on Sunday 2st 2020, likely to cause breach of peace in reference to 1983 political crisis with the intent to incite the citizens against the government of Ondo state and endorsing publications dated Tuesday 23rd June 2020 maligning the credibility of the legislative arm of government of cash inducement.
The lawmakers also said there was a petition from the Ondo chapter of the APC on Ajayi’s defection to the PDP, having sworn in as the deputy governor on the party’s ticket with Mr. Governor for a four year term.
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