The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams has demanded a probe of three recent explosions in the South-West geopolitical zone.
The Yoruba generalissimo said that the Federal Government must conduct the probe of incidents in Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo states since the zone does not believe that the explosions were “ordinary”.
He made the call on Sunday following an explosion in Ondo state on Friday that led to the destruction of scores of buildings and split the Akure-Owo Expressway into two.
“We are not convinced that all these are ordinary blasts, but a bomb and therefore it is important and necessary for the Federal Government to carry out an investigation on these incidents which occurred in the space of three weeks in Lagos, Ekiti and Ondo states.
“With the Lagos blast and from records, a pipeline fire is expected to burn houses and not uprooting houses from the foundation. In view of that, it was beyond pipeline burst, but bomb blast,” Adams said.
He noted that the Ekiti incident was very similar to the blast, which he added were becoming too rampant in the South-West.
Adams stated, “The South-West governors should be vigilant. Information at our disposal has it that, other South-West states are the next target. The Federal Government should diligently investigate the incidents.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu has set-up a Special Investigation Team to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the Ondo explsoion.
According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), Frank Mba, the team which is headed by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CP Maikudi A. Shehu, and comprises police officers from the Police Bomb Disposal Squad (Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit), a specialised arm of the Police that oversees explosives and ordinance operations of the Force.
He said the team would work jointly with experts from the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA), the nation’s leading Research and Development Institution that is the sole repository of all geo-scientific data.