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Survivors Pulled Out of Ibadan Explosion Rubble As Oyo Government Begins Manhunt For Perpetrators 

Governor Makinde said the explosion was most likely caused by explosives stored by illegal miners.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has called on any citizen with useful information that could lead to the arrest of those behind the explosion which rocked the Bodija area of Ibadan and its environs to come to the state government with it.

Governor Makinde threw this challenge to well-meaning citizens of the state when he paid an inspection visit to the site of the blast where he lamented the level of destruction of properties.

This comes as rescue efforts continue Wednesday, with cheery news that survivors are being pulled out from the rubble, including a nursing mother and her infant

The Governor who urged residents to be more vigilant, also charged them to speak out and partner with security agencies in the quest to rid her of criminal elements insisting on disturbing the peace and progress of the state.

The explosion which rocked the city happened at about 8pm on Tuesday evening. Rescue efforts are still ongoing at the time of this report as many have been feared dead and properties destroyed.

Mkinde has said that two people were killed and seventy-seven injured in the explosion that rocked Ibadan, the state capital on Tuesday evening. 

Makinde said in the early hours of Monday that investigation revealed the explosion was caused by explosives stored by illegal miners occupying a house in the Bodija area of the city. 

He said, “We visited the scene of the explosion which occurred at about 7.44 pm yesterday, 16 January 2024 in Bodija, Ibadan. This unfortunate incident resulted in death and injury to residents in the vicinity and also affected properties. We have already deployed first responders and all relevant agencies within Oyo State to carry out comprehensive search and rescue operations. These operations will continue throughout the night.

“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.

“In total, we have 77 injured victims so far, most of whom were treated and discharged and 2 fatalities. May their souls rest in peace and may God give their loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.

“I have directed that the medical bills of all victims be covered by the government. We will also be providing temporary accommodation for those whose houses were affected and ensuring that they are supported to rebuild their lives.

“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.

“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.

“We are grateful to the first responders, security personnel and all those who are at the scene to assist with the rescue operations as well as the medical personnel taking care of the injured.

“Please say a prayer for those who have been affected by this disaster as we continue with the rescue operations.”

Chioma Kalu

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