Makinde Reveals Number Of Deaths And Injuries In Ibadan Explosion

Makinde stated that he has instructed the government to pay for the medical expenses of all the explosion victims.

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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At least two people have died and 77 others were injured in a powerful explosion that occurred in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, visited the site of the explosion on Tuesday and confirmed the number of casualties to reporters.

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

Makinde stated that he has instructed the government to pay for the medical expenses of all the explosion victims. Additionally, temporary housing will be provided for those whose homes were affected by the explosion.

“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.

“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.”

According to the governor, initial investigations conducted by security agencies have shown that the explosion in Bodija was caused by illegal miners who were residing in one of the houses. The blast took place on Adeyi Avenue, Bodija, but its impact was felt and heard in various areas across the city.

He said, “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.

“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.”

Several kilometers away from the explosion site, other houses sustained damage.

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.