In a recent situation report, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) South West Zonal Office shed light on the explosion that occurred at Adeyi Estate in Bodija, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The agency confirmed that the explosion was caused by Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs).
The Southwest Zonal Office received a distress alert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, locating the explosion at Bodija GRA behind Ace Mall in Ibadan.
NEMA swiftly deployed response agencies to the scene, where it was observed that over 20 houses were affected by the suspected IED explosion.
As of now, casualty figures remain uncertain, and search and rescue operations are actively ongoing.
Key stakeholders, including the NPF, NSCDC, DSS, SEMA, Nigeria Army, Federal and State Fire Service, Nigerian Red Cross, State Ministry of Environment, and Amotekun Corps, are present and collaborating in the response efforts.
Additional resources are being mobilized to support the ongoing operations, with security intensified in the area.
The report indicates that search and rescue operations temporarily halted for responders to refresh, resuming at 7:00 a.m. today (Wednesday). The situation is reported to be under control, and efforts are underway to ensure the smooth continuation of operations.
Security measures have been reinforced in the affected area, and further arrangements for additional support are in progress as authorities work to manage and investigate the aftermath of the explosion.