The explosion that hit Ibadan yesterday had many people bewildered as to what could have caused it.

Explosion in Ibadan
Explosion in Ibadan

As at the time of the explosion, the cause was unknown as residents scampered for safety.


However, Oyo state Governor, Seyi Makinde has come out to state the cause of the fire explosion.

Makinde revealed that the explosion was caused by illegal activities of miners as he confirmed the death of two persons with 77 others injured.

Explosion Time 

“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 relevant agencies within Oyo State to carry out comprehensive search and rescue operations.

“These operations will continue throughout the night.

“Earth moving equipment, ambulances, emergency lights, and security were deployed to the scene of the incident.

The Governor stated that wounded and injured are being treated and moved to public and private hospitals within Ibadan.


Free Medical Services

Also, he made it known that, medical personnel are on standby at these hospitals to provide all needed assistance to the injured.

We have visited UCH to see some of those injured during the incident.


“In total, we have 77 injured victims so far, most of whom were treated and discharged and 2 fatalities.

“May their souls rest in peace and may God give their loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

The Oyo state government announced that it will take cover the medical bills of all victims.

“We will also be providing temporary accommodation for those whose houses were affected and ensuring that they are supported to rebuild their lives.

Also Read: Explosion Rocks Multiple Buildings In Ibadan (VIDEO)

“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. “

Makinde made it known that investigations are ongoing and all those found culpable for the incident will be brought to book.

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