Nigeria: Governor Makinde Reveals Foreign Involvement in Ibadan Explosion, Confirms Three Fatalities

Nigeria: Governor Makinde Reveals Foreign Involvement in Ibadan Explosion, Confirms Three Fatalities

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

In a recent development following the tragic explosion that rocked the Bodija area of Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde disclosed that foreign names and a company have been implicated in the incident, which claimed the lives of three individuals and caused extensive damage to over 20 houses.

Governor Makinde shared these revelations during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Wednesday. He explained that the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) certificate of a mining company linked to the explosion revealed the involvement of foreign individuals as owners.

While providing updates on the incident, Governor Makinde expressed the seriousness of the situation, stating, “We are trying to uncover the identities of the people. We’ve done a few fact-finding on the company involved, and yes, there are indeed some foreign names on the CAC documents of the company involved, but these are still early days. We don’t have anything to cover.”

The death toll from the explosion has risen to three, with an additional victim succumbing to injuries at a hospital. The explosion, which occurred on Tuesday, left the residents of Ibadan in shock, resulting in two deaths and injuries to 77 individuals. Aerial images captured the extensive devastation, affecting numerous buildings and properties.

Governor Makinde, who personally visited the scene on Tuesday night, shared that preliminary investigations conducted by security agencies indicated that the explosion was caused by explosive devices stored by illegal miners. He emphasized that ongoing investigations would determine the full extent of those involved, and anyone found responsible would face legal consequences.

Highlighting the severity of the situation, the governor reaffirmed the commitment to justice, stating, “Though investigations are still ongoing, anyone found culpable would be brought to justice.”

The incident has sparked concerns about the security of mining operations and the need for stringent regulations to prevent such tragedies. As the investigation progresses, Governor Makinde’s revelations about foreign involvement raise questions about the extent of international connections in the mining industry and the importance of addressing them to ensure the safety of communities.

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