Rescue operations ongoing as Oyo Govt confirms massive explosion in Ibadan

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Rescue operations are currently ongoing in the aftermath of a massive explosion that rocked Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Tuesday evening.

Although there are still  conflicting reports about the number of casualties, the Zonal Coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the South-West, Saheed Akiode, said emergency responders, including the operatives of the Fire Service in Oyo State have been deployed to the scene of the incident on Awolowo Way by Adeyi Avenue, behind the Bodija Central Mosque.

Confirming the explosion, the Oyo State Government,  in a statement on Tuesday by Prince Dotun Oyelade, Commissioner for Information and Orientation, said “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 full control of the unfortunate occurrence 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.” 

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