Oyo Assembly reveals man allegedly behind Ibadan explosion

Ibadan explosion

Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday said Sawani Yusuf was the alleged miner behind Ibadan explosion on Tuesday night.

At least five bodies have been recovered from the rubble since the blast shook Ibadan.

While the nationality of the suspect remains unconfirmed, the assembly urged security agencies to intensify efforts at bringing all connected to the explosion to book.

Speaking during plenary, Majority Leader of the House, Sanjo Adedoyin, disclosed the identity of the man whose property allegedly housed the explosive device.

The deliberation followed a motion presented to the House by Adebayo Babajide, representing Ibadan North II.

The lawmakers, in their separate submissions, lamented the explosion just as they called on the executive and security agencies to expand their investigation net to ensure that no stone was left unturned to address the aftermath of the explosion.

While urging security agencies to embark on intelligence gathering to identify residences of other possible illegal miners and expatriates, the House further appealed to all regulatory agencies to enforce safety precautions, especially in handling and storing explosives (dynamites), among others.

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In his remark, the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin said: “We can discuss different angles to how the situation affects us and different solutions as to ensuring that this situation never occurs again but for now let us wait for the outcome of the security investigation to shed more light on the happenings.

“As soon as we have more information I’m sure we’ll be able to deliberate further as to the next action move.

“We also want the Ministry of Environment to look at the state Environmental Laws to see whether or not there are consequences for such actions that have happened and if there are not, then there are lacunas in the laws and we have to take immediate steps towards that.”

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adebola Hamzat, has declared wanted the two occupants of the epicentre of the explosion.

He did not give the names of the two men or display their pictures.

Also, the Miners Association of Nigeria said the mining company allegedly behind the explosion in Ibadan was not a member of the association.