Explosion Rocks Ibadan: 10 Feared Dead, 15 Hospitalized

Taiwo Ajayi
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In a shocking turn of events on Tuesday evening, the vibrant city of Ibadan, Oyo State, was rocked by a powerful explosion that resulted in at least 10 people feared dead and 15 others hospitalized.

The incident, which occurred around 8 pm, triggered panic and chaos across several parts of the ancient city.

The affected areas included significant landmarks such as the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Oyo State House of Assembly, and the residence of the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige. Additionally, neighborhoods like Ologuneru, Apete, New Garage, Bashorun, Akobo, Sango, and Eleyele felt the impact of the explosion.

Eyewitnesses at the scene, particularly at Adeyi Avenue in Bodija Estate, reported a harrowing scene. Ambulances were seen transporting no fewer than 10 bodies recovered from the site, with ongoing efforts to rescue individuals believed to be trapped under the debris.

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The cause of the explosion remained uncertain as of Tuesday night, with conflicting reports from residents. Some attributed it to an earth movement, while others speculated it was the result of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). The affected areas bore the marks of destruction, with shattered glass windows, doors, and collapsed buildings.

Emergency response teams, including the police, Western Security Network (Amotekun), and local vigilantes, swiftly took control of the affected zones. Major roads were deserted, and residents were confined indoors. Thick smoke hung in the air, leading to the hospitalization of the victims in various medical facilities across the city.

Rescue operations were underway, and there were concerns that some individuals might still be trapped under the rubble. A social worker at the University College Hospital (UCH) confirmed receiving at least 15 victims, emphasizing the severity of the situation.

Videos circulating on social media captured the aftermath, revealing the magnitude of the disaster. A white pickup van, labeled “Bodija Patrol van,” was seen transporting what appeared to be the lifeless bodies of some victims. The absence of police and emergency responders at the scene prompted frustration among onlookers.

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In response to the incident, the Oyo State Government, through Commissioner for Information Dotun Oyelade, assured the public that it had taken control of the situation. Governor Seyi Makinde deployed security chiefs and emergency services to mitigate the impact of the explosion.

While investigations into the cause of the explosion were ongoing, the police confirmed the incident and deployed officers to assess the situation. As the city grappled with the aftermath, residents took to social media to share their experiences and call for assistance, highlighting the urgent need for medical professionals and support.

The situation remains fluid, with the community anxiously awaiting further updates from authorities on the investigation and relief efforts.

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