Loud bang causes panic as explosion rocks Ibadan

An area view of Ibadan

The people in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital are soaked in panic and confusion after hearing a loud bang which was followed by an explosion which spread across different areas in the ancient city on Tuesday night.

The cause of the explosion that caused vibration felt across several locations in Ibadan at about 8:00 pm is yet unknown as of the press time.

Some of the eyewitnesses and affected persons have shared pictures and videos of the wreaks from the explosion on social media.

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However, the Oyo State government in a swift response to the development via a statement signed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Prince Dotun Oyelade, Tuesday evening, said, “The state government has taken over and is in full control of the unfortunate occurrence in order to mitigate the incident.”

Though, he could not ascertain or confirm the cause of the explosion but assured that the government was in control of the situation.

His statement read: “Residents of Ibadan and immediate environ experienced an uncommon explosion about 8 pm 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 full control of the unfortunate occurrence in in order to mitigate the incident.

“All security service chiefs including paramilitary 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.”