The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has disclosed that over 20 houses were affected in the Tuesday night explosion that rocked the Bodija area of Ibadan, Oyo State capital.
In a statement on Wednesday, NEMA said there was no information yet on casualty figures.
It further revealed that a suspected Improvised Explosive Device caused the explosion.
On Tuesday night, panic gripped Ibadan residents over an explosion that occurred at Dejo Oyelese Street in Bodija area of the city.
“Over 20 houses were affected. Casualty figures can not be ascertained for now. Search and rescue operation is still ongoing,” the agency said.
NEMA, however, assured residents of the state that security has been beefed up in the area while arrangements for more support to facilitate the operations are in progress, saying, “the situation has been brought under control while arrangements are going on to ensure smooth operation.”
Reacting to the incident, the state governor, Seyi Makinde, said preliminary investigations by security agencies revealed that explosive devices stored by illegal miners caused the explosion that rocked the area.