The Oasis Reporters
January 17, 2024
In the aftermath of the massive explosions heard all over Ibadan yesterday with no definitive word on the cause of the incident and with many casualties being taken to University Teaching Hospital in Ibadan, The Oasis Reporters reached out to some earth observers for an analysis.
We called Tony C. A. who went to school in Bodija, Ibadan in the 60s but now lives in Benin City, South-South Nigeria.
“After a careful analysis of the video footages and eye witness accounts, I would say that what happened at Bodija is not likely to be a bomb blast or a gas explosion. It is an earthquake. But you may also call it an earth tremor.
“Ibadan is a city strewn upon seven hills. What happened was a seismic shift. This is the reason that made roofs rattle and windows got broken or damaged. Besides, there are some collapses of buildings with casualties. Those are some of the signs of an earthquake”.
Nigeria’s infrastructure are very badly maintained, therefore the earth observation posts are non functional and it’s experts have long since abandoned the country to seek greener pastures abroad.
During the colonial regime and into nationhood, Nigeria had observatories even in secondary schools and a few students who were trained as record keepers took data on a daily basis and kept the records.
One was at the then St. Michael’s College, Oleh in Isoko South of Delta State. Students of Oleh town origin were trained to take daily records of earth observations and they were skillful in accurately predicting rainfall patterns, climate and what have you.
Casualties are still being carried to the University Teaching Hospital in Ibadan for treatment where the number of patients far outnumber the beds available. Thus many patients in pain, lie on bare floor.
Worse still, UCH lacks doctors. There has been a massive exodus of it’s trained experts who are top consultants in hospitals abroad.
Besides, the government simply suspended recruitment of staff. But to augment the critical staff shortages, an under the table arrangement is suspected to have been made by the Teaching Hospital to engage Private Sector doctors to come in and do some critical work on a separate basis.
Meanwhile, the Makinde administration has issued a statement:
Official OYSG Press Release
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 the full control of the unfortunate occurrence in 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.
Prince Dotun Oyelade,
The Hon Commissioner for Information and orientation.
January 16, 2024.
Report by Greg Abolo in Ibadan.