Thegovernment is miffed and views this publication as malicious, false, misleading and a calculated attempt to cause panic and undermine the already improved security situation in thestate.
May we, at this point, statethe true facts surrounding the incident that actually occurred earlier this morning of 26/07/2022 around the Ministry oftheLocalGovernment and Chieftaincy Affairs, opposite Muhammadu Buhari Civic Centre, Lokoja.
There was a distressing call to thepolice regarding an object that looked like an IED placed on the fence ofthe ministry ofLocalgovernment and chieftaincy Affairs, opposite Mohammad Buhari Square, Lokoja.
The Bomb Disposal Unit at theNigerianPolice Force Command located a minute away from the scene was immediately deployed to the area.
On arrival they found out that it was a plastic Bottle and a Can of insecticide wrapped together with a power source to look like an IED. It was discovered to be a hoax and the object was removed by operatives of Bomb Disposal Unit.
However, there was no explosion around any government premises in Lokoja as reported by some media platforms.
Thegovernment commends the good people of Kogi for their unalloyed support given to the security agencies in thestate and enjoins them to disregard false news as it is capable of causing palpable tension as well as instilling fear in thestate while urging them to go about their normal businesses as there is no cause for alarm.
Chief Press Secretary to theGovernor