Governor Seyi Makinde has revealed the cause of the deadly explosion which rocked Ibadan Oyo state on Tuesday night.
He made this on Wednesday through his official X handle, noting that the preliminary investigation revealed that the explosion of illegal miners occupying one of the houses in Bodija had stored explosive devices there, which caused the blast.
The governor said two deaths have been recorded, and 77 residents were confirmed injured and hospitalized.
According to him, the state government deployed ambulances and other emergency measures.
He urged residents to call 615 for any emergencies while calling for calm.
“In total, we have 77 injured victims so far, most of whom were treated and discharged and Two fatalities. May their souls rest in peace, and may God give their loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
“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.
“I urge all residents to please call 615 for any emergencies they may be experiencing at this time and to remain calm and stay away from the immediate scene of the incident to allow rescue operations to be carried out without interference”, he stated.