Many People Drowned: Throwback to Ikeja Cantonment Bomb Blast Which Happened in Military Barrack 20yrs Ago

Many People Drowned: Throwback to Ikeja Cantonment Bomb Blast Which Happened in Military Barrack 20yrs Ago

The Ikeja Cantonment bomb blast that happened in January 2002 was a big day of grief in the country’s history.

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.

Nigerian soldiers lost many of their loved ones in the blast.
Hundreds of people got drowned inside a canal when running away. Photo source: Speigel
Source: UGC

In this report, will be drawing resources from 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.

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Canal deaths

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, 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, 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.

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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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Joseph Omotayo (HOD Human-Interest) Joseph Omotayo has been writing for the human interest desk since 2019 and is currently the head of the desk. He graduated from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, with a degree in Literature in English in 2016. He once worked for Afridiaspora, OlisaTV & CLR. He is a 2022/2023 Kwame Karikari Fact-Checking fellow. He can be reached via: