In a shocking incident that occurred in the Bodija axis of Ibadan, an explosion has left numerous people injured and caused significant destruction to buildings including houses, hotels, restaurants, and a shopping mall.
The explosion took place on Deji Oyelese Street, Adeyi Bodija, Ibadan, and the impact was felt throughout the city at around 7:30 pm, prompting widespread panic and a rush for safety.
Authorities have swiftly responded by cordoning off the affected area to restrict access and ensure the safety of the public. Only medical personnel and frontline workers are being allowed in for rescue operations. While the exact number of casualties is yet to be confirmed, a resident of the area reported fatalities and a significant number of injuries, with victims being rushed to hospitals for urgent medical attention.
Prince Dotun Oyelade, the Commissioner for Information in the state, issued a statement acknowledging the unprecedented incident and assuring the public that the state government has taken control to mitigate the situation. He emphasized that various security agencies, including the police and fire service, have been deployed to contain any potential spillover effects from the explosion.
Governor Seyi Makinde urges citizens to remain calm, assuring them that their interests and well-being are being prioritized during this challenging time.