As rescue operations continue at the areas affected by the explosion, the Lagos State government has urged all residents to call 615 for any emergencies they may be experiencing at this time, remain calm and stay away from the immediate scene of the incident to allow rescue operations to be carried out without interference.
The advise came at the heals of yesterday’s explosion occurred at about 7.44 pm yesterday, 16 January 2024 in Bodija, Ibadan.
Oyo State Governor, Mr Seyi Makinde who expressed sadness at the unfortunate incident which 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 “.he said
According to him, ” Earth moving equipment, ambulances, emergency lights, and security have been deployed to the scene of the incident ‘, adding that, the wounded and injured were being treated and moved to public and private hospitals within the Ibadan metropolis.
” Medical personnel are on standby at these hospitals to provide all needed assistance to the injured. We have visited the University Teaching Hospital, Ibadan, UCH, to see some of those injured during the incident ‘
– he said
Governor Makinde said, in total, there were 77 injured victims, most of whom were treated and discharged and 2 fatalities and prayed that their souls rest in peace and may God give their loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.
He said, ” I have directed that the medical bills of all victims be covered by the government, pointing out that, government will also provide temporary accommodation for those whose houses were affected and ensure that they are supported to rebuild their lives.
Giving reasons for the explosion, the governor explained that, ” 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, adding that, investigations are ongoing, promising that, all those found culpable for this will be brought to book.’ he stressed
Governor Makinde thanked the first responders, security personnel and all those who are at the scene to assist with the rescue operations as well as the medical personnel taking care of the injured.
Please say a prayer for those who have been affected by this disaster as we continue with the rescue operations – he appealed.