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 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.
The PDP South-West Zonal Publicity Secretary, Sanya Atofarati, in a statement on Sunday, said, “We (PDP) have confidence in the capacity of Governor Makinde and the security authorities for a comprehensive investigation that would bring the perpetrators to book and as well prevent possible reoccurrence in the state.
“While we identify and sympathise with the victims at this critical moment of their lives, and pray for the repose of the lost souls, we also hope the public would see the incident as an eye-opener to be more security conscious and report any activity that is capable of causing a security breach.
“As a party, we commiserate with the good people of Oyo State over the deadly explosion that rocked the Bodija area of Ibadan, the capital city of the state on Tuesday where lives and properties were lost. It was unfortunate.”