The explosion that shook Ibadan on Tuesday night was caused by explosive devices that illegal miners were keeping, according to the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde.

The governor promised that those found guilty would face consequences despite the ongoing inquiry.

He continued by saying that 77 people had been hurt and two individuals had died as a result of the explosion.

In a statement released Wednesday, the governor said he had been to the explosion scene in Bodija, Ibadan, on Tuesday night at approximately 7:44 p.m.

Makinde noted: “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 claimed he had ordered the government to pay for all victims’ medical expenses.

He emphasised that in addition to helping individuals whose homes were damaged to find temporary housing, the state government would also see to it that they were assisted in starting again.

Makinde stated: “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 asked people to stay calm and contact 615 in case of any emergency.

To facilitate the smooth execution of rescue efforts, he also asked them to avoid the immediate scene of the tragedy.

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