January 27, 2002 was a dark day in Nigeria’s history, over 1,000 Nigerians were killed in Ikeja, capital of Lagos following multiple explosions in Lagos armoury at Ikeja cantonment.
The Lagos armoury explosion was an accidental detonation of a large stock of military explosives and ammunitions at a storage facility in the city of Lagos.
The fire created by the debris from this explosion burnt down a large section of Northern Lagos, and created a panic that spread to other areas. As people fled the flames, many stumbled into a concealed canal and were drowned.
The explosion and its aftermath are believed to have killed at least 1,100 people and displaced over 20,000, with many thousands injured or homeless.
The federal government of Nigeria launched an enquiry, which blamed the Nigerian Army for failing to properly maintain the base, or to decommission it when instructed to do so in 2001.