BREAKING: Explosive explosives kept by illicit miners triggered the Ibadan explosion – Makinde

According to Oyo Governor Seyi Makinde, unlicensed miners operating in the state may have caused the explosion in Ibadan on Tuesday night.

The explosion at the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Oyo State House of Assembly, residence of former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, and buildings in Ologuneru, Apete, New Garage, Bashorun, Akobo, Sango, and Eleyele resulted in multiple hospitalizations, according to The Nation.

The Governor stated that a preliminary investigation found that the illegal miners had stashed explosive devices in one of the residences, which triggered the blast.

In a statement issued after visiting the location and other hospitals where the injured are being treated, the Governor stated that two persons died and 77 were injured and are being treated in public and private institutions nearby.
Makinde explained:“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.”

The Governor also vowed that the state government would cover the hospital bills of those injured, and he instructed all hotels to accommodate people who had been displaced as a result of the explosion.

His statement read: “We went to the location of the explosion, which occurred about 7.44 p.m. yesterday, January 16, 2024, in Bodija, Ibadan. This sad tragedy led in the deaths and injuries of nearby individuals, as well as damage to property.

“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.”

The Governor urged 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,” he added.

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