Senator Godswill Akpabio, President of the Senate, on Wednesday, condoled the government and people of Oyo state over the explosion that occurred in Bodija, Ibadan, on Tuesday, which killed three and left over 70 people with different degrees of injuries.
In a statement signed by Hon. Eseme Eyiboh, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Akpabio expressed sadness over the incident and lamented the loss of lives and property.
The statement reads: “With a heavy heart, I wish to commiserate with Governor Seyi Makinde, the good people of Oyo State and indeed victims and their families in this unfortunate occurrence. I am very distraught at this accident happening, especially at the beginning of the year.
“I pray that the Almighty God will forgive the sins of those who lost their lives in the explosion and welcome them in His kingdom. And for those who sustained injuries, it is my prayer that they will receive healing in good times. For the families that suffered different losses, may God replace all that they have lost.”
The Senate President called on NEMA and related groups, “I urged the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian groups to quickly assist the victims to ease the pain of their losses.”
He extolled the security agencies and others for their immediate reactions to the incident.
He said: “I must commend the security agencies and other rescue workers for their prompt intervention, especially the bravery and high level of professionalism they exhibited when the explosion happened. I encourage you to keep up the good work.
“I also urge the relevant agencies to carry out a thorough investigation into the remote and immediate causes of the explosion so that adequate provisions could be made to prevent such fatal accidents in the future.”