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Sowore Questions Oyo State Government’s Swift Conclusions on Ibadan Explosion



Human rights activist and writer, Omoyele Sowore, has raised critical questions challenging the rapid response and conclusions made by the Oyo State government and security agencies regarding the recent explosion in Ibadan. Sowore presented a series of points, highlighting the need for a thorough and transparent investigation into the incident.

1. Sowore pointed out that, even in developed countries, it usually takes at least 48 hours for government agencies to make a definitive statement on a massive explosion. This includes securing the area, collecting evidence, and analyzing it before informing the public.

2. The activist questioned Governor Seyi Makinde’s swift declaration within 10 hours that the incident was caused by “Illegal Miners.” Sowore sought clarity on who these miners are, the nature of their activities, and why they possessed powerful explosives.

3. Sowore raised concerns about whether security agencies were already aware of any explosives dealer in a high-profile neighborhood in Ibadan and if any prior action had been taken.

4. Seeking transparency, Sowore urged the government to reveal the identity of the alleged miner, their name, and the specific minerals they were extracting in Oyo State.

5. Sowore addressed the procedural aspect of mining and explosives, questioning whether the building was rigged with explosives and, if so, why such measures were taken.

6. He inquired whether the governor or the Oyo state government was aware of mining activities in the Agodi residential area and if any rock blasting was being carried out in a residential zone.

7. Finally, Sowore emphasized the role of the Department of State Services (DSS) in approving the use of explosives across Nigeria, urging the agency to provide a preliminary report on the matter promptly.

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Sowore’s questions highlight the importance of a comprehensive and unbiased investigation to uncover the true causes of the Ibadan explosion, urging transparency from both the state government and security agencies involved.

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