Forensic Probe Of Ibadan Blast To Determine Next Action – FG

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Solid Minerals Development, has restated its resolve to get to the root of the explosion that rocked Ibadan last week.

The explosion, which occurred in the Adeyi area, Old Bodija, Ibadan last Tuesday, led to the death of five persons. No fewer than 77 residents were injured while about 58 houses were destroyed.

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, said preliminary investigations revealed that the explosion was caused by explosives stored inside a house by some illegal miners.

The Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dele Alake, in a statement on Sunday by his  Special Assistant on media, Segun Tomori, said the Federal Government was committed  to unravelling the real cause of the explosion to determine the next action.

“The Federal Government is now waiting for the outcome of forensic investigations that will determine the real cause of the blast, the explosives type that triggered it and the circumstances leading to the unfortunate incident that led to loss of lives and property.

“The ministry also deployed Mine Inspectorate officers to the scene of the explosion to join other security agencies to unravel the cause of the explosion.

“The honourable minister believes that in sensitive situations like this, the security agencies should be allowed to do their job, as against acting on speculations. That way, the people are better informed, culprits can be brought to book, and concerted efforts can be put in place to avoid a recurrence,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-West, on Sunday, hailed Governor Makinde’s swift response to the Ibadan incident, adding that the incident should be a wake-up call for citizens to be security conscious.

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