A Professor of Geophysics at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife has debunked the explanation given by Ondo Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and the police for the deafening blast experienced early on Saturday near Akure.
Professor Adekunle Abraham Adepelumi, after leading a research team to the site said emphatically it was caused by a meteorite.
The explosion also caused a deep crater on the site it occurred, cutting off the road and hindering vehicular movement.
Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of the state, had told journalists the blast occurred after a truck conveying explosives to a quarry exploded.
“I have been briefed by the security chiefs that in the early hours of Saturday March 28th, a vehicle in a convoy transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighbouring state developed a fault while in transit along the Akure Owo Road about 2km from the Akure Airport,” the governor had said.
But Adekunle said findings by his team suggest the explosion was caused by natural phenomena, thereby contradicting the governor.
He added there was no evidence of a buried vehicle, buried ordinance or explosives from the site, and that “foreign rocks and strange metallic objects” were found within the crater created.
His report read:
“My Research group carried out a detailed analysis of the impact site. A circular impact crater with 21m diameter and 7.8m depth was found which suggest a natural phenomenal.
“Water was found oozing out from the edges of the crater. A preliminary insitu vibration, noise, seismicity, water analysis, radioactivity studies, rock and soil investigation were carried out.
“Our findings suggest that the impact of the blasting covers 1km radius of the surroundings of the crater. No evidence of fire or Burning of anything was found within the vicinity.
“No evidence of radioactivity radiation was found within the crater and immediate vicinity. 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 also said a crack opening that vary in thickness from 3mm to 4 metres occurred on the wall of most of the buildings in the area, “but not at the base of the buildings”.
Pastor to die by hanging for murder
An Ondo State-based Pastor, Kolawole Samson, has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing one Ayo Olaniyi at a village near Okeigbo area of the state.
The late Olaniyi was said to have in March 2016, gone hunting for frogs alongside three others at a fish pond owned by Pastor Kolawole.
Pastor Kolawole was sentenced to death by an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure presided over by Justice Ademola Bola.
Kolawole was found guilty of inflicting injury on the deceased’s head with a cutlass.
The deceased later died at a hospital he was admitted.
Prosecuting Counsel, Mr Olusegun Akeredolu and Mrs Omotola Ologun, argued that the offences contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Laws of Ondo State (2006).
Mother of the deceased was one of the witnesses called to testify during trial.
Pastor Kolawole, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Justice Bola, however, ruled that all evidence before the court showed that Pastor Kolawole was guilty of killing Olaniyi.
The judge held that Samson Kolawole should die by hanging.
Dad sets daughter on fire for dumping Islam for Christianity
A young lady who recently converted to Christianity after listening to a gospel radio broadcast is battling for her life after she was set on fire by her biological father.
The young girl it is learnt got converted after she had listened to a radio broadcast which got her to denounce her faith, despite being raised by a Sheikh.
According to report, the girl’s father whose name is revealed as Hussein Byaruhanga, a Ugandan citizen, got furious over the development and pounced on his daughter for abandoning Islam, the faith which she was born into.
The Islamic cleric reportedly got hold of a jerrycan containing petrol and bathe his daughter, lighted a fire and watched her burn.
The young lady who goes by the name Kyomuhendo had followed her dad on a business trip to Mbarara, where his other sibling lives.
They, however, could not make it home due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Reports had it that she got convicted while she was listening to a radio programme and head up to call a Catholic priest who is a friend to her dad to pray for her as she gives her life to Christ.
At the moment, the young lady is being treated at a hospital in Uganda, Morning Star News revealed.
Revealing her conviction, Kyomuhendo said:
“She explained to me about Christ and the way of salvation, and I got convicted and accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior.
“As she was sharing Christ with me, I was so overjoyed, and my father heard my joy and woke up, came from his bedroom furiously, and started beating me up with blows, slaps and kicks.”
Baby born with two mouths baffles doctors
A baby girl has been born with two mouths due to a condition so rare that it has only been seen in 35 recorded cases since 1900.
Doctors were initially baffled when the abnormality was picked up on a scan during the mother’s third trimester.
Their initial range of possible diagnoses included a cyst, a bone disorder or teratoma, which is when a twin absorbs another during development
But when the infant was born in Charleston, South Carolina, doctors found what they described as a “duplicated oral cavity”, or second mouth.
This included another lip, set of six teeth and even a small tongue that moved at the same time as the tongue in her main mouth.
Although the condition was seemingly harmless, they performed an operation to remove the additional feature.
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