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Ibadan Explosions: Government assures culprits will face justice, says succour for victims underway

Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development (in Blue), at the Scene of Explosions in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, after Briefing by the State Disaster Management Officials, led by Prof. Tope Alonge       Photo: State House

*Dr. Oladele Alake, Minister for Solid Minerals Development, emphasises the Federal Government of Nigeria will provide all the necessary support to ensure the victims of the deadly incident in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, return to their normal lives

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has assured Nigerians that individuals found culpable in circumstances leading to the recent tragic explosions in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, will face the full weight of the law.

Speaking while visiting the scene of the blast for an on-the-spot assessment in Ibadan, Dr. Oladele Alake, Honourable Minister for Solid Minerals Development, led the Federal Government delegation to the location.

Segun Tomori, Special Assistant to the Minister on Media, in a statement issued noted the Minister expressed shock at the scale of devastation and unfortunate loss of lives, stressing that the disaster was man-made and regrettable.

Briefing the Minister on the Oyo State Government’s rescue efforts, Prof. Tope Alonge, Head of the state’s disaster management team, noted the swift response of the state’s first responders and security agencies minimised the level of devastation and reduced the rate of casualties in the incident.

Recounting efforts at protecting property in aftermath of the blast, the Special Adviser to the Governor on security, Fatai Owoseni, revealed that inter-agency collaboration by all security agencies coupled with logistics support from the state government prevented looting of victims’ property, keeping the site secure till date.

During his visit to the injured victims at the University College Hospital (UCH), Dr. Alake conveyed the goodwill message of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The Minister emphasised the Federal Government would provide all the necessary support to ensure victims get back to their normal lives.

He stated: “I am here to convey Mr. President’s deepest sympathies to you and to assure you that the administration stands shoulder to shoulder with you in your efforts to get back to your normal lives and attain full recovery.

“Be rest assured that succour that will ameliorate the impact of the tragic incident is underway.”

On essence of communal safety

While on the visit, Alake further urged the citizens and residents of the state to be safety conscious

He further underscored the imperative of being sensitive to suspicious happenings in the neighbourhood, emphasising that such should be reported to security agencies to avert future incidents.

Rounding off his visit with a courtesy call to Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, Alake commended the state government’s swift and efficient emergency response system.

The Minister reiterated that the Federal Government will make a definite pronouncement after receiving the report of the ongoing forensic investigations.

Alake restated: “Let me assure the people of Oyo State that there will be full disclosure of the report of investigations and those found culpable will be made to face justice whilst mechanisms will be put in place to prevent a recurrence.”

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