The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohamed Adamu, has set up a Special Investigation Team to unravel the immediate and remote cause of the explosion that rocked Ogbese near Akure, the Ondo State capital last Friday.
In a statement signed by the Force Spokesman, Frank Mba, the IGP disclosed that the team which is made up of police officers from the Police Bomb Disposal Squad (Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit), would be headed by the Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CP Maikudi A. Shehu.
“The Investigation Team will 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.
“The agency has a state-of-the-art laboratory with the capacity and expertise to carry out a wide range of geo-scientific examinations including Laboratory/Forensic Examinations, Geochemical Analysis of Rocks, Minerals, Water, Sewage, Soil Samples and Site Investigations amongst others.
“The IGP hopes that with the involvement of NGSA, the quality and integrity of investigations into the explosion will be greatly enhanced,” the statement said.
The IGP however, enjoined residents living around the scene of the incident to avoid the area so as not to tamper with the scene of incident and the ongoing investigations.
Adamu therefore commiserated with the government and people of Ondo State, “particularly victims that sustained injuries or lost their property as a result of the incident.”
He assured that the outcome of investigations would be made public.