Two persons have been confirmed dead, with 77 others injured in the devastating explosion that rocked Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
Visiting the scene of the explosion on Tuesday, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, confirmed the casualty figures to journalists.
“In total, we have 77 injured victims so far, most of whom were treated and discharged and two fatalities. May their souls rest in peace and may God give their loved ones the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss,” the governor said.
Makinde said that he directed that the medical bills of all victims of the explosion be covered by the government with temporary accommodation provided for those whose houses were affected by the explosion.
The governor said preliminary investigations by security agencies revealed that the blast was caused by illegal miners occupying one of the houses in Bodija, adding that the explosion occurred at Adeyi Avenue, Bodija. However, it was heard and felt in many parts of the city.