President Bola Tinubu, on Wednesday, insisted that the illegal miners who caused the explosion in Ibadan, Oyo State, must be identified and appropriately punished.
Already, Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has blamed the incident on illegal miners who stored explosive devices in one of the buildings in the Bodija area of Ibadan.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale, in a statement on Wednesday, quoted Tinubu 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.”
The President, who also expressed 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, however, directed the National Emergency Management Agency to work with the Oyo State Government to offer immediate and comprehensive relief to the victims.