Death Toll Climbs to Five, Oyo State Government Faces Aftermath Amidst Widespread Damage

Death Toll Climbs to Five, Oyo State Government Faces Aftermath Amidst Widespread Damage

Explosion in Ibadan Claims More Lives, Oyo State Government Responds

The aftermath of the explosion that rocked Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, continues to unfold as the government reveals that the death toll has now reached five.

The incident, which occurred on Tuesday, caused extensive damage to homes within a 14-kilometer radius.

Update on Casualties by Special Adviser Fatai Owoseni

Providing an update on the tragic incident, Fatai Owoseni, the Special Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Security Matters, announced the recovery of two more bodies, bringing the total casualties to five.

The ongoing rescue operations are a testament to the severity of the situation.

Governor Makinde’s Decision Amidst the Crisis

Governor Seyi Makinde, addressing the public, confirmed the unfortunate details of the explosion, attributing it to illegal mining activities.

Despite the devastation, he made a notable decision not to impose a ban on mining in the state.

Governor’s Assurance and Ongoing Management

Governor Makinde reassured residents that the state government, in collaboration with security forces and with support from President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is effectively managing the situation.

The explosion, caused by illegal miners storing explosive devices in a Bodija building, affected areas including Bodija, Agbowo, Eleyele, and Orogun.

Balancing Accountability and Economic Activities

Even in the face of tragedy, Governor Makinde emphasized that while holding those responsible accountable, the state government would not resort to an outright ban on mining activities.

This decision is aligned with the administration’s commitment to managing the aftermath of the explosion and restoring normalcy to the affected areas.