Federal Government Announces Review of Explosive Storage Regulations Following Deadly Ibadan Blast

The Ibadan explosion prompts the Nigerian government to review explosive storage regulations nationwide, aiming to enhance public safety and prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Waqas Arain
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Federal Government Announces Review of Explosive Storage Regulations Following Deadly Ibadan Blast

Federal Government Announces Review of Explosive Storage Regulations Following Deadly Ibadan Blast

In the wake of a devastating explosion in Ibadan, Oyo State, that claimed multiple lives and caused extensive damage, the federal government has announced a comprehensive review of explosive storage regulations nationwide. Dr. Iziaq Salako, the Minister of State for Environment, emphasized the urgent need to strengthen safety protocols and regulatory measures for the storage and transportation of explosives.

The tragic incident occurred on January 16, 2024, on Dejo Oyelese Street in the Bodija area of Ibadan, resulting in 5 fatalities and 77 injuries. The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, attributed the devastation to explosive devices stored in an apartment and suggested the involvement of foreigners. The explosion has prompted the government to focus on revising current explosive storage practices to ensure adherence to the highest safety standards.

According to Salako, an agency under the Ministry of Environment is responsible for setting minimum storage standards for commercial explosive use, and efforts are underway to update regulations to reduce accident risks . The government is also addressing the hazardous illegal storage of explosives in residential zones, which poses a severe threat to public safety.

Why this matters: The Ibadan explosion highlights the critical importance of proper explosive storage and handling to prevent catastrophic accidents. The federal government's swift action to review and strengthen regulations demonstrates a commitment to ensuring public safety and preventing similar tragedies in the future.

Salako expressed confidence in the ongoing joint investigations by the Oyo State government and the Ministry of Minerals Development, voicing optimism regarding holding those accountable for the incident legally responsible. The minister also commended the Nigerian Army and other security agencies for their swift response in arresting suspected Yoruba Nation agitators who invaded the Government Secretariat in Ibadan on Saturday.

Governor Makinde thanked the security agencies for their timely response and assured that his administration will continue to work with the Army and other agencies to secure the state. The new General Officer Commanding of the 2 Mechanised Division, Major-General Obinna Onubogu, also assured the government and residents of Oyo State that the Army will continue to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure the safety of the people.

Key Takeaways

  • Govt to review explosive storage rules after deadly Ibadan explosion that killed 5.
  • Explosion caused by explosives stored in apartment, suspected involvement of foreigners.
  • Govt aims to update regulations to reduce accident risks from illegal explosives storage.
  • Ongoing investigations to hold those accountable, security agencies praised for response.
  • Govt and Army to collaborate to ensure safety of Oyo State residents.