Ribadu investigates Ibadan blast

The National Security Adviser (NSA) Nuhu Ribadu, is now involved in the investigation of last week’s blast in Ibadan.

The ongoing investigation and forensic analysis are spearheaded by the Oyo State government.

Ribadu, it was learnt, will visit the blast site in Bodija today for an on-the-spot assessment and to take a direct briefing from the state government and its investigators.

This will enable Ribadu to decide on how the Office of the NSA will collaborate with them.

Also expected in Ibadan today is Minister Solid Minerals Development Dele Alake.

Alake, in a statement from his office, stated that the Federal Government would make a categorical statement on the blast after the result of the forensic investigation is released.

The statement reads: “The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Solid Minerals, is waiting for the outcome of the forensic investigation ordered to ascertain the actual cause of the tragic explosion that rocked Ibadan, Oyo State capital last week.

“President Bola Tinubu, it would be recalled, placed a telephone call to Oyo State Governor, immediately after the tragic incident, in the presence of the Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Dele Alake to commiserate with Governor Seyi Makinde, victims, and the good people of Oyo state.

“Thereafter, the minister sent condolences to the families of those who lost their lives and other victims. The minister also commended the Oyo State Government for mobilising a relief response.

“The ministry also deployed Mine Inspectorate officers to the scene of the explosion to join other security agencies to unravel the cause of the explosion.

“The Federal Government is now waiting for the outcome of forensic investigations that will determine the real cause of the blast, the explosives type that triggered it and the circumstances leading to the unfortunate incident that led to the loss of lives and properties.”



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