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By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan 

The South West leader of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Alhaji Abdul-Rasheed Adebisi Aremu Olopoeyan has on Wednesday visited the site of the Ibadan Explosion in Bodija Housing Axis of Ibadan metropolis to see level of the damage caused by the sad occurrence and to also sympathize with the victims of the incident.

Alhaji Olopoeyan who was accompanied to the site of the explosion by his younger brother whose property ‘Harrison Inn’ situated very close to the site of the incident was also damaged due to the impact of the blast emanated from the explosion, Mr Kunle Funmilayo, among others was shocked at the level of damaged caused by the explosion.

While speaking with journalists, Olopoeyan insisted that the perpetrators of the sad occurrence must face the full wrath of the law.

He also commended Governor Seyi Makinde over his swift response to the incident.

He said, “This is too much, we only see this nature of damage at war zones, this is absolutely too much for us in Ibadan, whoever that is behind this incident must no go without facing adequate punishment, such person must face the full wrath of the law, he must no go unpunished, government must ensure that he face the consequences for his actions, many houses have gone, lives have been reportedly lost, I even heard that over 70 people were injured, how can someone be keeping and pilling explosives in an environment like this for God sake, this matter must be investigated, this is so sad, this is just too much, the damage is huge.”

“This is a residential area, and the residents of this estate have been living peacefully without any problems since, how can someone because of his personal interest affect the lives of others, he must be investigated and be  made to face the consequences.”

While speaking on the state government’s efforts, Olopoeyan said, “What else do you want governor Makinde to do, he has set up Emergency Operations Center for the victims, he has provided temporary accomodations for them, he has equally accepted to pay the medical bills of the injured victims, he was here at the midnight of the incident and he’s here now this afternoon and I also gathered that he has paid a visit to the victims in the hospitals and in their various temporary accomodations provided by the state government, infact his actions over the matter has demonstrated that he’s a kind and caring governor, he’s indeed a good leader.”

“I sympathise with the the state government over this sad occurrence, I equally sympathise with entire people and residents of Ibadan metropolis, I also sympathise with the family of the victims, we must all continue to remember them in our prayers because I don’t know where exactly they’re going to start, this is a situation where a landlord has suddenly become a homeless person, it is so sad.”

“I urged the federal government to expedite action on whatever support they want to render for the victims because most of them who are landlords are now homeless, as you can see the level of damaged is too much, federal government should please come to our support over this matter, this is a national disaster, this disaster is beyond the power of Oyo state government, we need help, even from international NGOs.” Olopoeyan said.

“Though I can see the Director General of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) on ground with his team, I’m very optimistic that they will feed Mr President reports of this incident and I’m of high hope that our President, Bola Ahmed Tinubu will help the state government in provision of adequate support for the victims of the explosion, however we must commend the efforts of our dear governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde over this, he has been up and down since the last night.”

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