Makinde blames illegal miners as explosion kills 2, injures 77

An explosion that occurred Tuesday evening in Ibadan killed two and injured 77 residents in Bodija axis of the state capital.

Governor Seyi Makinde gave the figures while briefing journalists after conducting an on-the-spot assessment of the affected area.

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

He said that he has directed that the medical bills of victims be taken care of by the state government while temporary accomodations should be provided for those rendered homeless by the incident.

“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.”

The governor who blamed illegal miners for causing the explosion said he arrived at the conclusion after a preliminary investigation by security agencies.

“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 assured.

“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.”