The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) announced on Wednesday that the explosion that rocked the Bodija neighborhood of Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, on Tuesday night was likely caused by an IED explosion.
According to a situation report uploaded on Wednesday, over twenty houses in the vicinity were affected by the incident.
The number of casualties is currently unknown, and a search and rescue mission is still underway.
“Stakeholders present include NPF, NSCDC, DSS, SEMA, Nigeria Army, Federal and State fire service, Nigerian Red Cross, State ministery of Environment, Amotekun Corps.
Additional resources are being mobilized to support the ongoing search and rescue operations.
The SAR operations were temporarily suspended to allow responders to rest and will resume at 7:00 a.m. in the morning.
“Security has been beefed up in the area while arrangements for more support to facilitate the operations are in progress.
“The situation has been brought under control while arrangements are going on to ensure smooth operation,” the post read
Earlier indicated that at least 77 persons were confirmed injured while two reportedly died due to the explosion.
In related development, the State governor, Mr Seyi Makinde, when he visited the scene few hours after the incident, said illegal miners who stored explosives in one of the houses in Bodija caused the blast.