Akure Explosion Is Man-made - Geoscientists - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, April 3, 2020

Akure Explosion Is Man-made - Geoscientists

The Daily Crucible

The Nigerian Mining and Geosciences Society (NMGS) on Friday faulted the claim of Prof. Adepelumi Adekunle, a geophysicist, that the  explosion that occurred in Akure, Ondo state, was an impact from meteors.

In a release by Obadiah Nkom, NMGS president, said the blast was caused by explosives and not a natural occurrence as canvassed earlier by Adepelumi.

Prof. Adekunle Adepelumi of the Department of Geology, Earthquake and Space Weather Laboratory, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile - Ife,  and Dr Thomas-Wilson Ikubese, Convener,  YesWeFit Movement, shared the views that what caused the huge explosion that shook Akure to its foundation was not the result of explosives from an ordinance accident.

Adepelumi said stray meteriote - from asteroid belt in space, travelling at a great speed, slammed into the ground in Akure with a big bang.

 The Daily Crucible recalls that the bang/explosion which occurred last Saturday left in its wake, a deep crater and destruction in scores to many buildings.

The Professor said the havoc was the work of a meteorite from space which he had been tracking for long from his laboratory.

“The field evidence point to a conclusion that a meteoric from an asteroid belt that travels at a great speed from space impacted the location at an angle of 43 degrees created an ejecta at South-Western part,” he had said in his preliminary report.

But the NMGS dimmissed the claim as false, and said all evidence suggest the explosion was man-made.

It said: “The explosion was caused by the unfortunate and accidental detonation of explosives being lawfully conveyed to Edo state; all evidences from actual site visits by members of the society and interviews from eye witnesses have confirmed the cause to be man-made.

“The story that it was caused by meteorite that impacted the area is false and the general public and news media are urged to discountenance such reports.

“All relevant agencies of government are encouraged to ensure strict compliance with the necessary safety codes by companies involved in the use of such devices for their lawful operations.”

Nkom advised the public to allow the law enforcement agencies do their job “without encumbrances."

 “The NMGS is in touch with the necessary agencies of government seeing that such occurrence is prevented in future,” he concluded.

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