Makinde Explains Root Cause of Ibadan Explosion in Video

Makinde Explains Root Cause of Ibadan Explosion in Video

  • Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has confirmed preliminary investigation revealed the Ibadan explosion was caused by illegal miners who stored explosives in one of the houses
  • Makinde, in a statement on Wednesday morning, said two people have died, while 77 others were injured
  • The governor noted that the state government will offset the bills of the injured persons and provide temporary accommodation for those whose houses were affected

Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo state, has attributed the explosion that rocked the state capital, Ibadan, on Tuesday night, January 16, to illegal miners operating in the state.

In a video seen by, Makinde said preliminary investigation revealed that some illegal miners had stored some explosive devices in one of the buildings where the explosion had happened.

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Makinde says illegal miners caused Ibadan explosion Photo Credit: Seyi Makinde
Source: Twitter

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, January 17, the governor said he had visited the site and other hospitals where those injured are receiving treatment.

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Governor Makinde also confirmed that two persons have died from the incident, and 77 people have been injured.

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He said they are receiving treatments in government and private hospitals across Ibadan.

Makinde added that he had directed that the medical bills of those who were injured at the incident be covered by the state government.

He also said those whose houses were affected would be provided temporary accommodation while the government would support the rebuilding of their homes.

His tweet reads in part:

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"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 called on residents of the state to remain calm and call 615 in case of any emergency.

See the video of his comment here:

Anxiety as explosion rocks Ibadan earlier reported that properties were destroyed in Bodija area of Ibadan, Oyo state, following an explosion which rocked the area.

It was learnt that although no death has been officially confirmed, the explosion sent shock waves across the ancient city.

While some people said it was a gas explosion, others said it was a bomb attack targeted at shoppers.


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