The crater left by the blast in Akure believed to be a meteorite

The Nigerian Geological Survey Agency (NGSA) has called for the handing over of samples recovered from the recent Akure explosion site to the police.

The agency’s Director-General, Dr Abdulrazaq Garba, who said this in a statement on Thursday in Abuja, commended IGP Mohammed Adamu for setting up a Joint Investigations Team to probe issues surrounding the explosion.

The explosion which occurred on March 28, at Ilu-Abo area, along the Akure-Owo expressway in Ondo State left many houses destroyed and some persons injured.

Garba said turning in the samples would enable the police investigation team have a robust understanding of what actually happened.

He said findings of samples should be scientific with contribution from relevant stakeholders for an all-encompassing submission to be made to the investigation team.

The agency’s DG expressed optimism that the investigation would provide a report of the events for a better understanding and record-setting.

He, however, called on the scientific community to refrain from making public statements on the development in order not to jeopardise police investigations.

The NGSA is a parastatal under the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development charged with the responsibility of providing relevant and up to date geosciences information necessary for the country’s economic development.

The agency established by Nigerian Geological Survey Establishment Act 2006, accomplishes it mandate through a systematic process of gathering, collating, assessment and dissemination of all information related to rocks, minerals and groundwater resources of the country.