Gba­jabi­amila mourns Ake­san, Kaduna gas ex­plo­sion vic­tims

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The min­is­ter, who de­scribed the in­ci­dent as a great dis­as­ter, said the im­por­tance of the mar­ket to the peo­ple of Oyo could not be overem­pha­sised.

Mean­while, the po­lice in the state have de­scribed the al­leged death of three per­sons dur­ing the protest as un­true.

A state­ment made avail­able to jour­nal­ists in Ibadan by the state Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Olug­benga Fadeyi, said, “Con­trary to widely spread news on the fire in­ci­dent at the Ake­san Mar­ket in Oyo town, there was no sin­gle shot from the po­lice per­son­nel in Oyo.

“Po­lice per­son­nel were de­ployed im­me­di­ately in the scene to pre­vent hood­lums from cap­i­tal­is­ing on the sit­u­a­tion to loot shops and prop­er­ties in the area. Con­certed ef­forts are be­ing in­ten­si­fied to pre­vent a break­down of law and or­der.”

How­ever, the Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, Nige­ria Se­cu­rity and Civil De­fencecorps­inthes­tate,olu­wole Oluse­gun, said in a tele­phone in­ter­view that one ca­su­alty was recorded dur­ing the protest.

Mean­while, the Speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Femi Gba­jabi­amila, has sym­pa­thised with­the­gov­ern­men­tand­peo­pleof Oyo State over the fire that gut­ted the Ake­san Mar­ket in Oyo town.

Gba­jabi­amila also ex­pressed “shock and sad­ness” over the gas ex­plo­sion at Sabon Tasha in Kaduna, Kaduna State.

The Speaker lamented both in­ci­dents in sep­a­rate state­ments is­sued by his Spe­cial Ad­viser on Me­dia and Pub­lic­ity, Lanre La­sisi, in Abuja on Sun­day.

On the in­ci­dent in Oyo, Gba­jabi­amila ex­pressed re­grets over the early morn­ing in­ferno that claimed the means of liveli­hood of many traders.

He said, “It is with a heavy heart that I re­ceived the news of the fire that gut­ted the pop­u­lar Ake­san Mar­ket in Oyo. I com­mis­er­ate with the vic­tims of the fire for the dis­rup­tion of their eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties as a re­sult of the un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent. Be­ing a his­toric and an­cient mar­ket, and very dear to the peo­ple of Oyo State, I also em­pathise with the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, over the in­ci­dent.

“I want to ap­peal to the peo­ple to re­main calm and law-abid­ing, as the gov­ern­ment of the state looks into the sit­u­a­tion with a view to bring­ing suc­cour to the vic­tims. Mean­while, the House

• Scene of the in­ferno gov­ern­ment to bring re­lief.”

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