Residents of Okene Local Government Area of Kogi State have been thrown into panic after a bomb reportedly detonated, leaving scores injured.
The incident occurred at the Idoji part of the local government where the Echeane festival, an annual masquerade festival was ongoing.
Eye witnesses disclosed that the bomb suspected to be local explosive was detonated in a gathering of spectators at the festival, adding that it left nails gouged in the wounded legs of some of the victims. The Echeane festival is celebrated across four local government areas in the central senatorial district of the state.
Following the attack, the Chairman of the neighbouring Okehi Local Government Area, Abdulraheem Ohiare has suspended masquerade outing. In a statement, Ohiare directed custodians and traditional heads to obey the new development, assuring of his commitment to peaceful coexistence. Recall that in the Kabba axis of the state, there had been similar explosions in a two-time attack targeted at beer parlour’s.
More details later.