Makinde Unveils the Cause of Ibadan Explosion, Personally Visits the Scene

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, stated that the initial findings from the investigation indicate that the explosion in Ibadan on Tuesday night was caused by explosive devices stored by illegal miners. The governor mentioned that as the investigation continues, those responsible for the incident will be held accountable. He further revealed that the explosion resulted in the death of two individuals, with 77 others sustaining injuries.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Governor Seyi Makinde disclosed that he personally visited the scene of the explosion in Bodija, Ibadan, which occurred around 7:44 pm on Tuesday. Makinde stated, “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.”

He 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.”The governor revealed that medical personnel are on standby at these hospitals to provide necessary assistance to the injured. He also visited the University College Hospital (UCH) to see some of the injured individuals.

Providing an update on the casualties, Makinde said, “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.” Makinde assured that the government would cover the medical bills of all victims and provide temporary accommodation for those whose houses were affected, supporting them in rebuilding their lives.

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Addressing the cause of the explosion, the governor mentioned, “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.”

Governor Makinde urged residents to call 615 for any emergency and to remain calm, emphasizing the need to stay away from the immediate scene of the incident to allow rescue operations without interference.

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