Three bodies recovered in Ibadan explosion — Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Wednesday said three corpses have so far been recovered at the scene of the Ibadan explosion.

The governor called on the people of the state to remain calm, adding that he would do everything possible to provide succour to all those affected by the explosion.

According to him, two corpses were recovered on Tuesday night, while one corpse was recovered on Wednesday morning.

He said a total of 77 people were injured in the Tuesday night blast.

Makinde noted that rescue operation was still ongoing at the scene of the incident and that his administration had provided alternative accommodations for residents of the affected buildings.

The governor implored anyone still staying in houses within 250 meters from the scene of the explosion to move out to the accommodation provided by government until the structural integrity of the buildings had been checked.

“Since yesterday, security agencies, emergency services and other relevant agencies have been working diligently on search-and-rescue operations,’’ he said.

Makinde further stated that he had received information regarding the company that was using the building to store explosives.

Also speaking with the media, director-general of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Mustapha Ahmed disclosed that 58 buildings were damaged by the explosion.