In the aftermath of the tragic explosion that shook Ibadan on Tuesday, a survivor has come forward with a harrowing account, revealing that foreign illegal miners were responsible for the blast and had fled the scene just moments before the explosion occurred.
Alhaji Mohammed Musa, a resident living next to the epicenter of the explosion, recounted the events leading up to the incident. Speaking to Vanguard at the scene, Mohammed disclosed that he narrowly escaped the blast as he rushed to help his neighbor extinguish a fire that preceded the explosion.
The survivor emphasized that the foreigners, living in the house where the fire started, were engaged in illegal mining activities and had explosives inside the building. He disclosed that the foreigners had been residing in the area since 2013, conducting their mining operations discreetly.
He further detailed that the foreigners, including their children, ran out of the house just before the explosion. Mohammed expressed gratitude for his decision to intervene and attempt to extinguish the fire, which ultimately saved his life.
“My conclusion is that the government should investigate this situation. The casualties are too much. Look at damages. We can’t just look away.