Earth Tremor: Anxiety As Residents Flee Oyo Communities


Residents of communities in Saki West Council Area of Oyo State are abandoning their homes due to reports of earth tremors in neighbouring communities during the week.

There were reported cases of noise being heard beneath the earth surface in Koomi, Medina, Balako, Salam Salam and Dauru-Salam communities in Saki, Oyo State.

It would be recalled that The Deputy Speaker of Oyo State who is an indigene of one of the communities in the area, Hon. Musa Abdulwasiu, raised an alarm during the week, calling on the state and federal agencies to help proffer solution to the tremor. While assuring the people that help will come, he appealed to relevant authorities to act fast to forestall possible dangers.

“I have been to the affected areas with very senior members of the Geology Department from University of Ibadan. They hinted that there is likelihood of heavy movement of rocks in the water channel beneath the ground in those affected areas. They also advised that evacuation of residents of affected areas is the only solution to tremor and possible earthquake after establishing degree of tremor. Honestly, they told us that no one could ascertain for now the degree of the tremor and whether it will lead to earthquake or not,” he said.

However, Oyo State Government has assured residents that efforts were on to avert environmental hazards. Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Chief Isaac Ishola gave the assurance while monitoring the areas affected by an earth tremor in Saki-West Local Government area.

He explained that findings by experts indicated that the earth tremor was a fore-shake, which was not capable of causing the earthquake. Ishola said the state government would liaise with the Federal Government to procure the seismic machine needed to check the gravity of tremor.