The Inspector General of Police, (IGP) Mohammed Adamu, on Monday, set-up a Special Investigation team to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the unfortunate tragic explosion that occurred at Ogbese, near Akure, the Ondo State Capital, last Friday.
According to a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Force Headquarters, Abuja, DCP Frank Mba, the team was headed by the Commissioner of Police in charge of the Explosive Ordinace Disposal Unit, Force Headquarters, Abuja, CP Maikudi A. Shehu.
Mba added that the team was made up of police officers from the Police Bomb Disposal Squad (Explosive Ordinace Disposal Unit), which is a specialized arm of the Police that oversees explosives and ordinance operations of the Force including controlled detonation, safe evacuation, sweeping, assessment, analysis, intelligence and investigations touching on bombs and all forms of explosives related incidents.
He said the investigation 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.
“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,” Mba said.
He further stated that the IGP hoped that with the involvement of NGSA, the quality and integrity of investigations into the explosion would be greatly enhanced.
“The IGP however enjoins the citizens especially those 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,” Mba said.
He said the IGP sympathized with the government and people of Ondo State particularly victims that sustained injuries or lost their property as a result of the incident.
The IGP, according to him, called for calm and assured that the outcome of investigations would be made public.