Sunday’s explosion in Ojodu Abiodun, Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, alarmed locals and raised tensions.
Residents of the area reportedly stated that they have not yet determined what caused the explosion, according to DAILY POST.
Residents thought the loud bang they heard early on Sunday morning might have been a bomb explosion.
However, the Ogun State Police command claimed that “a chemical reaction that took place in a compartment of a refuse dump” was what caused the explosion.
When he learned about the explosion, Lanre Bankole, the commissioner of police in Ogun, immediately sent the explosive ordinance department to the scene to determine the true cause of the ominous sound, according to the command’s public relations officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi.
The team’s conclusion, according to him, was that the explosion was caused by a chemical reaction that took place in the compartment of the refuse dump, which was located within the Tarmac along the River Valley Estate.
The police spokesperson insisted that the explosion was not an attack, contrary to popular belief, and noted that it happened at midnight when no one was present at the scene.
No part of an improvised explosive device (IED) was discovered at the explosion site or anywhere else in the vicinity, according to Oyeyemi, who also added that no one was injured or any property was damaged.
As a result, Oyeyemi urged the people of Ogun to go about their lawful business, noting that “experts have declared the area bomb-free.”