Sawane Youssouf, a suspected Malian miner in Ibadan, Oyo State, disclaimed ownership of the premises where a devastating explosion occurred on January 16, resulting in multiple casualties and widespread property damage. Amid mounting suspicions, Youssouf refutes the accusations and calls for a comprehensive investigation into the tragic event.
Governor Seyi Makinde’s recent actions, including the signing of Executive Order 001, 2024, underscore the gravity of the situation and the urgent need for stringent measures to regulate the handling and storage of hazardous materials in the state. Makinde’s visit to the blast site highlights the government’s commitment to ensuring accountability and enforcing relevant laws to prevent future disasters.
In a statement titled ‘Bodija Explosion: My Own Side of the Story,’ Youssouf asserts his innocence and clarifies his legal status as a miner operating within the bounds of Nigerian law. He vehemently denies involvement in the procurement or storage of explosives linked to the tragic incident, emphasizing the need for a thorough examination of the facts to ascertain the true perpetrators.
Addressing public speculation surrounding his alleged connection to the explosion, Youssouf emphasizes his compliance with legal mining practices and distances himself from any illicit activities. He appeals to the state government and law enforcement agencies to intensify efforts to uncover the identities of those responsible for the catastrophic blast, urging transparency and accountability in the investigative process.
Furthermore, Youssouf pledges full cooperation with security agencies and expresses willingness to assist in ongoing inquiries aimed at unraveling the circumstances surrounding the explosion. His proactive stance underscores a commitment to truth and justice, aligning with efforts to address the underlying issues and prevent similar tragedies in the future.
As the investigation unfolds, the case underscores broader concerns about safety standards and regulatory oversight in the mining industry. The quest for accountability and transparency remains paramount as authorities strive to uphold public trust and safeguard communities from potential hazards associated with hazardous materials and industrial activities.