Governor Makinde visits scene of Ibadan explosion, reveals cause of incident

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has said that preliminary investigation revealed that explosive devices stored by illegal miners led to the explosion that ravaged Ibadan on Tuesday night.

Makinde said while investigation goes on, those found culpable would be brought to book.

He said that so far, two people died in the explosion, while 77 others were injured.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Governor Makinde said he visited the scene of the explosion which occurred at about 7:44 pm on Tuesday in Bodija, Ibadan.

He said: “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.”

The governor said he had directed that the medical bills of all victims be covered by the government.

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