Illegal Miners Blamed for Tragic Incident; Two Dead, 77 Injured in Bodija Explosion
In a shocking revelation, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has disclosed that illegal miners are believed to be behind the tragic explosion that occurred in Bodija, Ibadan on Tuesday night. Preliminary investigations indicate that the illegal miners had stored explosive devices in a residential property, leading to the devastating incident.
Confirming the details in a statement posted on his verified X Page (formerly Twitter) in the early hours of Wednesday, Governor Makinde expressed the gravity of the situation. He disclosed that two people lost their lives, while 77 others sustained injuries and are currently receiving treatment in various public and private hospitals in the area.
The Governor assured residents that a thorough investigation is underway, and those found responsible for the explosion will be brought to justice. He 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.”
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… pic.twitter.com/fDb3EKo55h— Seyi Makinde (@seyiamakinde) January 17, 2024
Governor Makinde also pledged the state government’s commitment to covering the medical bills of the injured victims. In addition, he directed all hotels to provide temporary accommodation for those displaced by the blast and assured that necessary support would be provided for affected individuals to rebuild their lives.
The Governor described the incident as unfortunate and emphasized the deployment of first responders and relevant agencies to conduct comprehensive search and rescue operations. He highlighted the deployment of earth-moving equipment, ambulances, emergency lights, and security personnel to the scene.
Governor Makinde urged residents to remain calm, stay away from the immediate scene of the incident, and contact emergency services at 615 for any assistance. He expressed gratitude to the first responders, security personnel, and medical professionals for their efforts in the ongoing rescue operations.
As the rescue operations continue, the Governor called on everyone to join in prayer for the affected individuals and their families, acknowledging the collaborative efforts of those involved in addressing the disaster.
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