From Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
The Oyo State government has allayed the fears of the people of the state, especially in the Oke-Ogun area on what was misinterpreted to be an earthquake incident last month.
It said that the earth-shaking incident was as a result of forced exploration leading to meteorite breakages of Galactic Rock in the earth surface.
The government said that samples of the meteorite had been sent to the Department of Geology, University of Ibadan (UI) to analyse the body of the rock and its composition determined, noting that it wants to discover the rock radioactive and hazard associated with the meteorite breakages.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Solid Minerals, Hon. Mathew Oyedokun, explained that on April 19, 2018, a solid piece of debris from an object such as a comet, asteroid or meteoroid that originates from the planetary orbit between Mars and Jupiter survived its way through the atmosphere to reach the surface of the earth and hit villages nearby Ipapo in Itesiwaju Local Government; Aba Leke, Anberee Oke, Owode and Tede in Atisbo council.
Oyedokun said that the meteorite was accompanied by a series of reverberating and disturbing noise in the earth’s subsurface as observed by residents of the affected localities and other parts of the state, including Ibadan, Oyo and Ibarapa.
He explained that he was accompanied on two-day investigation visit to the localities by the Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Community Relations, Alhaji Abidemi Siyanbade, to ascertain the level of impact and damage to the communities.
He urged the residents to be calm, saying that the meteorite impact that occurred in the state didn’t occur in a built-up area, gas station among others, which could have resulted in catastrophic events.