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Death toll in Oyo explosion rises to five – Oyo Govt
By: Abara Blessing Oluchi
Thu, 18 Jan 2024   ||   Nigeria,

The death toll from the explosion that rocked Ibadan, Oyo state capital, on Tuesday, January 16, has risen to five, the state government has said.

Many houses were damaged in the explosion, which spanned a 14-kilometre radius.

Last night, the state governor, Seyi Makinde, while giving an update on Channels Television’s Politics Today, said two deaths were recorded on Tuesday, adding one more victim died in a hospital on Wednesday.

Seven people were injured in the blast on Tuesday night at Bodija in Ibadan

However, in a new update on Thursday, the Special Adviser on Security Matters to Governor Seyi Makinde, Fatai Owoseni, said two more bodies have been recovered.

“Rescue operation is still ongoing. As of yesterday, we had three casualties but this morning, just about 30 minutes ago, I got information from the security operatives supporting the medical team that two more dead bodies were recovered this morning,” he said.

During the show, the governor’s aide said the state government will ensure the diligent prosecution of those linked to the tragic incident either directly or remotely.

He said the government in collaboration with security agencies is gathering diligent information to avoid a situation whereby culprits evade justice.

According to him, this is to build the people’s trust in government as well as promote transparency in governance.

Owoseni said: “A lot of conversations have been going on, a lot of interfacing with the people so that they will see transparency in what the government is doing.

“The security agencies, especially the police, the DSS being supported by the Nigerian Army team EOD Unit as well are putting the bits and pieces of information together to ensure that discreet information is done towards prosecution to ensure that whoever, either directly, remotely connected with that incident are brought to justice.”


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