President Bola Tinubu has said the illegal miners who caused the explosion in Ibadan, Oyo State, must be brought to book.
Daily Trust reports that after the incident, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo blamed it on illegal miners who stored explosive devices in one of the buildings in the Bodija area of Ibadan.
In a statement on Wednesday, Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, quoted his principal as saying: “It is worrisome that the cause of the blast is being attributed to the activities of illegal miners. Those behind the inexcusable and reckless behaviour that has created the conditions for the sad incident to occur must be fished out and punished.”
Tinubu, while expressing sadness over the devastating explosion, commiserated with the government and people of Oyo State.
The president called on all concerned agencies of government to unravel the circumstances that led to the tragedy with alacrity.
President Tinubu directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to work with the Oyo State Government to offer immediate and comprehensive relief to the victims.