There was panic in Ibadan, Oyo State on Tuesday evening as explosion rocked some parts of the ancient city.

According to residents, a loud noise which pavaded the areas like a earth quake or explosion was heard in areas such as Bodija, Apete, Oke itunu (Mokola), Elebu, Kuola, Orita Challenge, Idi-Ishin and Odogbo Military Cantonment, Ojoo.

The residents narrated that the loud noise shook the foundation of their buildings thereby causing panic and damages.

The situation was more tensed at bodija as a popular commercial centre Ace Mall was badly affected, with noticeable collapse including the Domino pizza outlet on the axis

 

A close source at the university college hospital, Ibadan narrated that the windows of the School of Nursing got shattered as the loud sound shook the entire building

 

The UCH experience was also widespread in all the areas where the incident occurred as the quantum of building damaged caused panic to residents, thereby leaving the people into a guess work of a possible explosion or natural earth Quake.

Meanwhile, Oyo State governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has urged the residents to be calm following the explosion that rocked the town on Tuesday.

 

Read his statement below please.

 

 

Press Release

 

Residents of Ibadan and immediate environ experienced an uncommon explosion about 8pm this evening.

 

There are various interpretations of the incident but it is important for us to state categorically that the state government has taken over and in the full control of the unfortunate occurrence in in order to mitigate the incident.

 

All security service chiefs including para military chiefs and Fire Operatives have been deployed by the governor to Reign in the spillover from the explosion.

 

His Excellency Governor Seyi Makinde therefore implores citizens to calm down and be rest assured that their interests are being looked after.

 

Signed:

Prince Dotun Oyelade,

The Hon Commissioner for Information and orientation.

January 16, 2024.

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