By Gbenga Toyin
Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun has described Tuesday’s explosion in Ibadan, Oyo State, as a monumental tragedy.
Abiodun stated this on Wednesday in a condolence message he personally signed to his Oyo State counterpart, Gov. Seyi Makinde, the government and the people of the state.
The governor regretted that the wanton loss of lives and the destruction of properties was due to neglect and criminality.
The governor praised the swift response of the Oyo State government, which promptly dispatched first responders to the scene, thereby saving more lives.
Abiodun expressed absolute confidence that the Oyo State government would ensure that the perpetrators of the dastardly act were apprehended and prosecuted.
“I extend my deepest condolences to the government and the people of Oyo State following the tragic explosion that occurred in Ibadan on Tuesday.
“Our hearts go out to the families who lost their loved ones and those who were injured in this devastating incident.
” We stand in solidarity with the people of Oyo State during this difficult time and offer our full support in the recovery and rebuilding efforts.
“The quick response by the state government, no doubt, saved more lives, and this is commendable.
“May the souls of the departed rest in peace, and may the injured find strength and healing. Together, we will overcome this tragedy and emerge stronger,’ he said.
The governor added that Ibadan remains strategic to every Yoruba person given its historic importance.
He stated that the governments of the South-West states would not be deterred by the tragic incident, but would “jointly intensify security across states to ensure that the people were safe and secure.