Governor Makinde Attributes Ibadan Explosion to Illegal Miners [Watch Video]

On Tuesday, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State revealed that the explosion in Ibadan was caused by the actions of illegal miners who had taken residence in one of the buildings in the Bodija area of the state capital. Vanguard had previously reported on the explosion, which induced panic among Ibadan residents and resulted in damage to numerous buildings in the Bodija vicinity.

Addressing the press after conducting an onsite inspection of the explosion site, Governor Seyi Makinde revealed that illegal miners, residing in one of the buildings in Bodija, Ibadan, had stored explosive devices, leading to the blast.

In a statement posted on his verified X (formerly Twitter) handle, the governor mentioned that the state government is offering temporary accommodation for individuals whose houses were affected by the explosion.

“We visited the scene of the explosion that 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,” the statement read.

Makinde added, “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.

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“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.”

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