Oyo State Government has sealed the soap factory where an undergraduate of the University of Ibadan, Richard Gbadebo died.
The deceased worked on night shifts at WAW detergent and soap, an organization owned by Henkel Nigeria Limited.
Gbadebo was reportedly crushed to death after falling into a soap-making machine.
Officials of the Department of Pollution Monitoring and Quality Control of the ministry, led by the permanent secretary, Dr Bashir Olanrewaju, however, met resistance from the workers at the premises of the factory at Oluyole Estate Extension to seal the company for further investigation into the circumstance that surrounds the incident.
According to reports, some staff of the factory held the ministry officials hostage for about 30 minutes, before the Commissioner of Police in the state, Nwachukwu Enwonwu, intervened and got them released.
The government officials thereafter directed all workers in the factory to exit the whole premises before they padlock all the gates and sealed up the factory.
Olarenwaju who noted that the company failed to report the incident to the government since Tuesday, as the ministry only read about it in the news, said: “The intention was to talk to them, not necessarily to disgrace them, as they need to be producing under a very safe environment. It was also to investigate to know how it actually happened, with a view to preventing such in the future.
“But the management resisted our men, when we got there. We were held hostage. I was one of those held hostage. We invited the police and we were rescued.
“We are conducting an investigation. After that, we will decide the next line of action to determine their culpability, whether the accident was preventable or not preventable, whether they made some mistakes and how the mistakes could have been prevented…”