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Update on the Bodija Explosion and Other News

Governor Seyi Makinde and Oyo State Government officials visiting the site of the Bodija Explosion on 17 January 2024
  • Governor Seyi Makinde and other Oyo State Government officials visit the site of the Bodija Explosion to assess the emergency response.
  • Oyo State Government commemorates Armed Forces Remembrance Day 2024.
  • Governor Seyi Makinde receives the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu and his team on a courtesy visit.
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The Oyo State Government pledged continued support for families of fallen heroes on Armed Forces Remembrance Day. During the ceremony which was held at the Remembrance Arcade, Government House in Agodi, Ibadan, Governor Makinde reflected on the ultimate price paid by the fallen heroes during their service to ensure the safety and security of the nation. He prayed that the souls of the departed rest in peace. (15 January 2024)

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Governor Seyi Makinde welcomed the Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, and his team on a courtesy visit to Oyo State. During the visit, Governor Makinde discussed the projects being executed by his administration, including the nearly completed 11MW Independent Power Plant. He also confirmed plans to sign a bill which will open the state’s energy sector to private players and expressed interest in future collaborations with the Federal Government in the energy sector. (15 January 2024)

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Governor Seyi Makinde visited the site of the Bodija explosion which took place on the night of 16 January 2024, providing direction for the authorities and support for survivors. In his statement, Governor Makinde revealed preliminary investigations pegged the cause on explosives stored by illegal miners. While further investigations are ongoing, he also visited hospitals and hotels where survivors were being treated and housed temporarily, assuring them that the State Government would cover their medical bills and temporary accommodation costs.  (17 January 2024)


The Oyo State Government set up an Emergency Operations Centre led by Prof Temitope Alonge to coordinate search and rescue efforts at the Bodija explosion site. According to Governor Seyi Makinde, search and rescue operations will continue until all lives within the vicinity of the blast were accounted for. He further encouraged citizens with information on any persons who might still be trapped within the perimeter to reach out to the Emergency Operations Centre on 07049948057 and 08147672009. (17 January 2024)

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