Preliminary investigations conducted by security agencies have revealed that the explosion in the Bodija Area of Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State, was caused by illegal miners storing explosive devices.
According to reports, the explosion resulted in the death of at least 10 people and the hospitalization of 15 others.
The blast also damaged the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Oyo State House of Assembly, the former Attorney General’s residence, as well as several other buildings in Ologuneru, Apete, New Garage, Bashorun, Akobo, Sango, and Eleyele.
Governor Seyi Makinde, who personally visited the scene, confirmed that investigations are still ongoing, and those found responsible will face legal consequences.
Preliminary investigations by the security agencies revealed that illegal miners occupying one of the houses in Bodija had stored explosive devices there which caused the blast. The investigations are ongoing. All those found culpable for this will be brought to book,” he tweeted on Wednesday
One of our correspondents, who was at the scene of the explosion, reported that no fewer than 10 bodies were recovered from the site and taken away in ambulances.
But the governor said two people died while 77 others were injured in the explosion.
“In total, we have 77 injured victims so far, most of whom were treated and discharged, and two fatalities. May their souls rest in peace and may God give their loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” Makinde added.
The governor also revealed that the “medical bills of victims will be picked by the government” while promising to ensure that all those whose houses were affected were ‘supported to rebuild their lives”
The governor urged residents to be calm, noting that rescue operations had already started at the scene of the incident.
“Earth-moving equipment, ambulances, emergency lights, and security were deployed to the scene of the incident. The wounded and injured are being treated and moved to public and private hospitals within Ibadan.
“Medical personnel are on standby at these hospitals to provide all needed assistance to the injured. We have visited UCH to see some of those injured during the incident.
“I urge all residents to please call 615 for any emergencies they may be experiencing at this time and to remain calm and stay away from the immediate scene of the incident to allow rescue operations to be carried out without interference,” he added.WhatsAppFacebook