By Iyabo Adebisi

Following the Explosion which rocked Old Bodija, Ibadan, the state Capital, Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde has cautioned residents and property owners to stay away from the vicinity for structural assessment so as to prevent further damages.

He stated this while addressing a press conference on the ugly incident at the Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan 

Governor Makinde while attributing the incident to the storage of explosive devices by illegal miners assured that the perpetrators would be brought to book. 

The governor said the number of casualties has not changed but there are three fatalities while 77 people were affected.

Governor Makinde also noted that President Bola Tinubu has sent condolences to the people of the state over the Bodija blast adding that the president had asked the National Emergency Management Agency {NEMA) to support the state.

Earlier, the Director General of National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Mustapha Ahmed had disclosed that 58 houses have so far been damaged. 

The DG NEMA explained special operation is still ongoing urging relevant regulatory agencies to be more Proactive to prevent recurrence. 

In the meantime, Oyo state government has opened an Emergency Operation Centre for the victims of the unfortunate occurrence to register for palliatives and compensation. 

Present at the press conference were the Special Adviser on security to the Oyo state Governor, Fatai Owoseni, The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Adebola Hamzat, The leader of the state emergency response team, Professor Temitope Alonge and some other security chiefs.

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