Hours after the explosion that rocked the always-busy city of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital on Tuesday night, a stranded boy, identified as Sotannde Kodir, is searching for his mother in the Sango area of the city.
The little boy’s photo was shared on the X page of the OyoAffairs on Tuesday night.
The child child recounted his mother’s escape to safety after the blast and vibrations in the city.
The page posted on its X account that, “This little boy was found around Sango looking for his mother. He said his mother ran to safety after the loud bang and vibration in Ibadan an hour ago.
“His name is Sotannde Kodir. Kindly share until someone who recognises him sees him.”
Earlier, NIGERIACRIME had reported that there was panic in the city around 8 pm over the explosion.
Because the explosion was heard in many parts of the ancient city, there was confusion about its exact cause and location. While some residents described the incident as a tremor, others said it could have been a gas explosion or a blast from an improvised explosive device.
Different accounts listed some of the affected areas including Eleyele, Ologuneru, Owalla, Ekerin, Isokan, Apete and parts of the University College Hospital (UCH) where windows were reportedly shattered.
Other affected places in the ancient city included Gbaremu, Mokola, Bodija, Oke-Itunu, Basorun, Akobo and Sango. Sections of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Oyo State House of Assembly and residence of the former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, the late Bola Ige, were also reportedly affected.
Roads were also deserted as many residents were forced to stay indoors.
Some victims of the incident have been admitted at various hospitals, including the University College Hospital (UCH).