The casualty count from Tuesday’s explosion in the Oyo State capital, Ibadan, has increased to five following the discovery of two additional bodies yesterday.

Prof. Temitope Alonge, the Incident Manager of the Emergency Situation Room, along with Oyo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Oluwaserimi Ajetumobi, provided updates to reporters on the ongoing rescue efforts.

She said many of the survivors on treatment are stable, with some already discharged.

Ajetumobi said: “We reported three deaths on Wednesday but as of this morning (Thursday), we picked another body from the rubble.

“We also picked another body part which cannot be recognised. It was like mopped-up muscles. 

“So, five in total now but we still don’t know whether we are going to pick more from the rubbles. Five have been recovered.”

The incident Manager, Alonge stated that the state government had engaged the services of clinical psychologists to provide psycho-social support for the injured in the hospitals.

Additionally, he said tha officials of the Nigerian Society of Engineers had begun integrity tests on the structures within the vicinity. 

Alonge appealed to the owners to stay away until the tests were concluded.

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