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Rescue Operation Continues In Ibadan Explosion Scene As Three More Persons Recovered Alive

Posted by Samuel on Wed 17th Jan, 2024 -

They called on emergency workers to intensify their efforts in rescuing anyone left in the rubble.

On Wednesday morning, a minimum of three individuals were successfully rescued from the debris following the explosion that took place in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, on Tuesday.

This was confirmed by eyewitnesses who noted that the three survivors included a mother and her baby. The witnesses added that relatives and persons residing in the affected areas had been making contact with their mobile phones to missing persons.

They called on emergency workers to intensify their efforts in rescuing anyone left in the rubble.

SaharaReporters reported last night how there was a loud bang said to be a result of an explosion in Ibadan.

A loud bang was heard around the Agbowo, Sango, Orogun and Bodija areas of the city.

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde had also said that two people were killed in the explosion and about 70 people reportedly injured.

The governor said a preliminary investigation revealed that the explosion was caused by explosives stored by illegal miners occupying a house in the Bodija area of the city.  

He 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.

"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.

"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.

"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.”

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