In the aftermath of the explosion that shook Bodija in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state on Tuesday, January 16, the death toll has risen to five, according to an update from the Oyo state government. Fatai Owoseni, the Special Adviser on Security Matters to Governor Seyi Makinde, disclosed this information during a press briefing on Thursday, January 18, revealing that two additional bodies were recovered in ongoing rescue operations.
Owoseni stated, “Rescue operation is still ongoing. As of yesterday, we had three casualties but this morning, just about 30 minutes ago, I got information from the security operatives supporting the medical team that two more dead bodies were recovered this morning.”
Amid the tragic incident, efforts are underway to maintain transparency and engage with the affected community. Owoseni emphasized the collaboration between security agencies, including the police, the Department of State Services (DSS), and the Nigerian Army’s EOD Unit. These agencies are actively gathering information to piece together the circumstances surrounding the explosion.
He added, “The security agencies, especially the police, the DSS being supported by the Nigerian Army team EOD Unit as well are putting the bits and pieces of information together to ensure that discreet information is done towards prosecution to ensure that whoever, either directly, remotely connected with that incident are brought to justice.”
As investigations continue, the government is focused on delivering justice for the victims and ensuring that those responsible for the incident, whether directly or indirectly, face legal consequences.