The police in Ondo State have begun investigation into the death of three timber traders, who allegedly died as a results of toxic industrial waste in Okitipupa government Area of the state.
The victims, Monday Akinmusire, Samuel Louis and Ododolewa Adebowale, were found dead last week Wednesday after inhaling toxic industrial waste dumped inside the forest by a producing company.
Speaking on Monday, Chairman of Ondo/Linyi Industrial Hub, Mr Alex Ajipe, said the autopsy of the deceased was being administered to determine the important explanation for their deaths.
Ajipe said the corporate decided to challenge the police to try to to its job with none bias and sentiment on the investigation into the death of the three men.
He said, “The police have stepped into the case and that we are already awaiting the results of the autopsy.
“Although we all appreciate everyone for his or her concerns, we’ve also challenged and asked the police to try to to a radical investigation of the case and are available out with facts.”
He explained that the economic hub was managing over seven different companies, noting that their activities were also being monitored by both state and national agencies responsible of environmental control.
While explaining that each one companies within the hub had been complying with the principles provided by the environmental agencies, Ajipe said there have been certain companies, who run foul of the regulations set down for operating within the area.
“All agencies responsible of environmental control in Nigeria have their presence within the hub and every one companies within the hub haven’t any choice than to suits all the principles and regulations as laid down by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I am stating here categorically that none of the businesses here can dare to try to to what runs contrary to the dictates of our laws.”
Tee-Leo Ikoro, spokesperson for the Ondo State Police Command, couldn’t be reached for reaction at the time of this report.
However, police sources confirmed that autopsy result was being awaited to verify truth explanation for the deaths of the deceased.
Two timber traders within the area, Tayo Ajibade and Idowu Opeyemi, described the incident as an accident, adding that the tragedy had not stopped their activities.