Eye witnesses disclosed that the bomb suspected to be local explosives was detonated in a gathering of spectators at the festival, adding that it left nails gouged in the wounded legs of some of the victims.
One of the residents of the area who witness the incident Usman Animuko Sani stated that the explosion occurred around 6pm on Thursday evening when some people including masquerades gathered to celebrate the annual Echane festival in Okene.
Sani who disclosed that the sound of the explosion affected many residents of the area, stated that a man whose name and address is yet to be identified lost two of his legs while many others sustained injuries.
In a statement, Ohiare directed custodians and traditional heads to obey the new development, assuring of his commitment to peaceful coexistence.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relation Officer SP William Ayah in a telephone conversation with our correspondent, stated that there was an explosion in Okene where some people were injured.
He added that the Commissioner of Police, Kogi State Command, CP Edward Egbuka has deployed Police bomb experts to the scene of the explosion to unravel the causes of the explosion before it could ascertain whether it is a bomb as is being insinuated.
The Okene explosion is coming just few weeks of two explosions in Kabba where a woman a native of Ebira land but resident in Kaaba lost her life while her younger brother lost one of his legs.