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No fewer than 10 persons were feared killed and 15 others hospitalised on Tuesday at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Oyo State, following an explosion that rocked the Ibadan metropolis.
According to report, there was serious panic in the ancient city around 8 pm over the explosion, whose cause could not be confirmed on Tuesday night.
Among the affected areas were a section of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Oyo State House of Assembly, the residence of the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Chief Bola Ige, some buildings at Ologuneru, Apete, New Garage, Bashorun, Akobo, Sango and Eleyele.
One of Punch, who was at the scene of the explosion that occurred at Adeyi Avenue, Bodija Estate, Ibadan, Oyo State capital on Tuesday, reported that no fewer than 10 bodies were recovered from the site and taken away in ambulances.
As of press time, rescue workers believed that some persons were still trapped under the rubble and efforts were ongoing to rescue them.
A social worker at UCH, who did not want his name in print because he had no authority to speak on the matter, told the publication that the hospital had received no fewer than 15 victims.
“The victims will not be less than 15,” he said.
Glass windows, doors and ceilings were shattered in the affected areas.
Major roads were deserted while residents were forced indoors by security operatives, including the police, Western Security Network, code-named Amotekun, and local vigilantes, who took over the affected areas.
The cause of the blast could not be confirmed. Some residents of the affected areas claimed it was caused by earth movement while others described it as a blast of an Improvised Explosive Device.
Thick smoke rented the air in the affected areas which resulted in the hospitalisation of the victims in various hospitals.
Security vehicles were sighted conveying the victims to some selected hospitals in the state capital for medical attention.
There was no record of death at the time of filing the report but some victims, our correspondent reliably gathered, were on life support.
Also, it was gathered that at least three buildings collapsed as a result of the explosion.
In separate videos seen by The PUNCH, a white pickup van with the inscription Bodija Patrol van was seen conveying what was suspected to be the dead bodies of some of the victims, though the state police command told our correspondent via a WhatsApp message that casualties could not be ascertained.
Another short video also showed some of the places affected by the explosion, with an accompanying male voice calling for help.
“Please, we need help here. These are the people. We need help. Police, Army, and everybody else should come and rescue people here,” the male voice pleaded.
In a video currently in circulation, a yet-to-identified lady said the apartment her mother lived in collapsed as a result of the impact of the loud bang.
The distraught lady said, “I was not there, but my mum stays in Adeyi with my sister and my son. They are badly injured. The house collapsed on them. They are stitching their legs and arms. They are in the hospital beside Ace Mall.”
Another person, who claimed he escaped with his wife and two daughters, recounted how the house they were in practically caved in due to the explosion.
Also seen at the supposed site of the explosion was a mangled body as the sympathisers around the victim lamented the absence of police and emergency responders.