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Three suspects to face prosecution for Ibadan explosion: Gov Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde says he has received the official report of the January 16 explosion.

• February 7, 2024
Ibadan explosion
Ibadan explosion [credit: BBC]

Governor Seyi Makinde says he has received the official report of the January 16 explosion that occurred at Adeyi Avenue in Bodija, Ibadan, in which five persons died.

The governor’s special adviser on security, Fatai Owoseni, made this known on Wednesday while briefing journalists shortly after presenting the report to the governor.

Mr Owoseni said three persons of interest had been identified concerning the cause of the unfortunate incident.

He added that the identified persons will face prosecution based on the investigation.

Mr Owoseni also revealed that the character of the explosive is known as ‘Water Gel Type Based Explosive’ and that an electric spark triggered the explosion.

He explained that a closed-circuit TV in one of the affected houses gave footage of how the incident happened.

Mr Owoseni assured that the Oyo government would bring the perpetrators to book. He added that the government would also check the immigration status of all the people of interest since the majority of the suspects quizzed were from Mali.

“We have been able to report that the swiftness with which security was deployed to the epicentre had so far successfully made the state to fully secure the environment.

“And with the security that was provided, the state has also been able to prevent untoward happenings, especially opportunistic crimes that hoodlums always take advantage of such situations to carry out,”

 said Mr Owoseni.

He added, “We would recall that an emergency situation centre was put in place by the governor and was located at the premises of Oyo State Housing Corporation, Ibadan.

“The EOC has so far collated information, data of things that happened there, and some of the data collated include census of the respective houses and the fatalities that were affected, including the extent of losses suffered.

“As of 6:00 p.m., February 3, which was the 18th day of the incident, a total of 335 affected persons registered at the emergency situation centre. These include 16 companies or business operators, churches, mosques, three schools and the UCH also approached the centre to report on their losses.”

He explained that the losses reported also include fatality, injuries of various degrees, damages ranging from total collapse and submerging of houses, houses that suffered collateral damage and the ones that suffered minimal damages.

The chairman of the Nigeria Institute of Structural Engineers, Mbim Okutinyang, the lead coordinator of the team that carried out structural integrity on the affected houses, also told journalists that 282 houses were affected.

He, however, said that only four of the houses would have to be demolished due to the degrees of the damage.

Mr Okutinyang added that the seismic report was still awaited.

On his part, the Head of the Emergency Operation Centre, Temitope Alonge, said 80 victims were managed across various hospitals following the incident. However, only five patients were on admission as of the time of the press briefing.

Mr Alonge explained that four patients were treated at the University College Hospital (UCH) and were at various levels of recovery, while one patient was at the Redeemers Hospital managed for a spinal cord injury.

He said that most of the cases at UCH will likely be discharged within the next week.

The head of the EOC added that some of the affected victims who experienced medical disorders such as respiratory illness had been treated.

He also explained that clinical psychologists from UCH were attending to those with symptoms suggestive of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Giving an update on the tests for radioactivity, Mr Alonge said the site of the incident had been cleared in terms of radioactivity, as the EOC invited the Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Agency (NNRA) to conduct another screening.

(NAN)

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