The Oasis Reporters
January 16, 2024
There has been a massive explosion which was felt all over Ibadan City.
A lot of houses are down, many with roofs blown off.
There’s an urgent request for doctors to move to Adeyi Avenue in Bodija where there are many casualties and is suspected to be around the epicenter of the blast.
Bodija is within the same neighborhood with Nigeria’s Premier University, University of Ibadan and students on campus describe the explosions as deafening.
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State who only about 30 hours prior had inspected a Guard of Honor at the Armed Forces Remembrance Day has instructed Security forces to take positions and help in Emergency Services as well.
Videos of civilian rescuers have been seen urging the Ibadan Electricity Authority to ensure that power is not switched on so as not to imperil rescuers and victims who are battling to survive do not have additional troubles with collapsed buildings and hanging wires.
Local TV station presenter on BCOS interviewing a correspondent in Yoruba language. Watch:
The serene city of Ibadan in Nigeria’s South West is experiencing this kind of security problem for the first time in recent memory.
No one is yet able to pinpoint what the actual source of the explosion could be.
Is it a bomb blast?
A gas explosion?
A fuel tanker on fire?
Ibadan City is worried and the telephone lines of local radio and television stations are jammed as worried citizens are phoning in to find out what is going on.
Greg Abolo in Ibadan, SW Nigeria.