Chief Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, denounced the explosion that occurred in Ibadan on Tuesday and urged Governor Seyi Makinde to hold those responsible accountable.
Kehinde Aderemi, Adams’ Special Assistant on Media, issued a statement describing the incident as regrettable and advising the government to apprehend those responsible.
He blamed the incident on the carelessness of the miners, pointing out that such act was illegal and a threat to the lives and property of the people of the state.
Adams said, “As far as I am concerned, the story of the Ibadan explosion had left many questions hanging in the balance. It was a security threat to the state, that is why it is important for Governor Makinde to fish out those behind the incident and bring them to book.
“It is very unfortunate that the death toll is rising by the day and victims of the unfortunate incident are in the various hospitals recuperating.
“The extent of the damage in the area was great involving many houses. And going by the statement and assurances of the governor, I think a case of such multiple damages should not be treated with levity. Ibadan is the political headquarters of the South-West region and anything that affects Ibadan naturally has spiral effect on other states in the south-west.
“So, the state government should leave no stone unturned by making sure that perpetrators of the dastardly act didn’t go scot-free.”
On the other hand, Adams expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased in the tragic event, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, the people of Ibadan and the state, and the governor.
Around 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 16, there was a panic due to an explosion in Ibadan, Oyo State.