Ibadan Explosion: Governor Makinde Calls for Calm

January 16, 2024
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By Dipo Olowookere

The Governor of Oyo State, Mr Seyi Makinde, has urged residents of the state, particularly those in the Ibadan metropolis, to remain calm after an explosion rocked the ancient city on Tuesday night.

Business Post gathered that a deafening sound was heard in the Bodija area of Ibadan, affecting several buildings, including the popular Ace Mall.

There had been rumours that the explosion was from a gas station, while others claimed it was from a bomb.

But in a statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Dotun Oyelade, the cause of the unfortunate incident was not disclosed.

The Commissioner only said Mr Makinde appealed to residents to “calm down” as their “interests are being looked after.”

He also disclosed that security officials have been deployed to the scene of the explosion to ascertain its cause and bring the situation under control.

“Residents of Ibadan and the immediate environ experienced an uncommon explosion at about 8 pm 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 is in full control of the unfortunate occurrence in order to mitigate the incident.

“All security service chiefs including paramilitary chiefs and fire operatives have been deployed by the governor to Reign in the spillover from the explosion.

“Governor Seyi Makinde, therefore, implores citizens to calm down and be assured that their interests are being looked after,” the statement said.

Dipo Olowookere

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

Mr Olowookere can be reached via [email protected]

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