Explosion Rocks Akure In Ondo State

An explosion has occurred along Akure-Owo expressway, a few kilometers from the Akure metropolis.Following the incident reported by CityNews early Saturday morning, the Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, confirms the explosion was caused security explosive.

The 1 a.m explosion destroyed houses at Eleyowo, Akure, along Owo-Akure highway.

According to residents of the area, a terrifying loud bang was heard when everyone was already asleep.

The Governor who speak via his twitter handle said that, he’s been briefed by security chiefs, and efforts were being made to ascertain if there are casualties.

He explained that the explosion occurred when a convoy transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighbouring state developed a fault while in transit along the Akure Owo Road about 2km from the Airport.

His tweet reads, “Security personnel and other individuals transporting the ordinances noticed smoke from the vehicle.

After several attempts to extinguish the resulting fire failed, the vehicle and its consignment ignited causing a massive explosion that was felt in Akure and its environs”

“Presently, efforts are being made to ascertain if there are casualties. Following my visit to the scene, I have directed that the area be cordoned off to allow the explosive ordinance department/bomb squad to extricate the vehicle buried underground because.

“It is unclear if there are still explosives that are yet to be detonated . Everything is under control and I will be updating the public on any new developments. “We understand that this is taking place in the midst of a global crisis.

We ask that everyone continues to stay calm, stay safe and continue to take responsibility in this covid-19 fight.”

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