Kogi state government has condemned an explosion which affected a section of the Okehi local government secretariat complex.
Arsonists stormed the council on Monday night and detonated an explosive device suspected to be a bomb that blew off the administrative office.
The Commissioner for Information and Communications in the state, Kingsley Fanwo, in a statement on Tuesday, said government was on top of the situation and had immediately put in place further measures to keep the people safe before, during and after the elections.
Fanwo said security agencies have been charged to unravel the masterminds of the attack.
According to the state government, preliminary findings have shown that no casualty was recorded as a result of the proactive measures anchored on the state’s iron-cast security architecture.
“This is our responsibility to all Kogites irrespective of their political affiliations. Those behind this would be fished out and severely dealt with to serve as a deterrent to others in their league,” the state government said.
Fanwo called on residents of Okehi local government area and indeed the entire Kogi Central senatorial district to remain calm, while urging parents to properly guide their wards against being used as political thugs in the forthcoming elections.
“Government will be unsparingly decisive in dealing with issues of political thuggery before, during and after the elections,” he stressed.
State Security Adviser, Duro Jerry Omodara, who confirmed the development in Lokoja on Tuesday, said the intention of the saboteurs may be to cause panic during the election to prevent people from coming out to vote.
Omodara said no life was lost and that security men have been deployed to the area to see that normalcy is restored.