Update on Bodija: This Is The Cause Of Ibadan Explosion – Gov. Makinde
January 17, 2024
Oyo governor labels incident a disaster, calls for prayers for victims as rescue operations continue.
The governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has said that preliminary investigations by the security agencies has revealed that the cause of the incident is that illegal miners occupying one of the houses in Bodija had stored explosive devices there which caused the blast.
He however added that, investigations are ongoing. All those found culpable for this will be brought to book.
Makinde affirmed that, so far, 77 people have been injured, while two fatalities were recorded in the unfortunate explosion that occurred in Ibadan city around 7.44 pm on Tuesday.
Kiin Media gathers that the governor stated this on his X handle, 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.”
He said earth-moving equipment, ambulances, emergency lights, and security were deployed to the incident scene. 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 government cover the medical bills of all victims. We will also be providing temporary accommodation for those whose houses were affected and ensuring that they are supported to rebuild their lives.”
“As 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.”
He 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.
He ended the post with an appeal, “Please say a prayer for those affected by this disaster as we continue with the rescue operations.”