Ibadan explosion: I jumped from storey building – Survivor

Mr Abiola AbduIsalam, a survivor of the explosion that occurred in Ibadan on Tuesday, shared that he had to jump from a building on Dejo Oyelese Street, Adeyi Avenue, Ibadan, where the explosion took place, in order to save his life.

AbduIsalam disclosed this during an interview with Sunday PUNCH at the ward of the University College Hospital where he was being treated.

Recounting his experience, he said, “If I can recollect, I was inside Harrington Hotel around the area where the explosion occurred. So, immediately I heard the bang, I had to jump from the first floor of the building where I was with my friends.

“After I had landed the on the ground while still conscious, I tried to stand up and walk but I couldn’t, and it was then I noticed I had a fracture on one of my legs.

“While alone in that state for about three minutes, my friends who had escaped through the staircase, which I couldn’t easily locate because of panic caused by the explosion, searched around and found me still conscious, and swiftly brought me to this ward.”

Furthermore, Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, expressed his condemnation of the incident in Ibadan on Saturday.

Adams called on Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State to ensure that the individuals responsible for the explosion are apprehended.

In a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, Adams described the incident as deeply unfortunate and advised the government to uncover and hold accountable the perpetrators.

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