The explosion that ripped through Iluabo, a suburb of Akure early on Saturday morning was caused by a vehicle transporting explosive materials to a storage facility in a neighbouring state.
This disclosure was made by the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in a statement.
According to the governor, “I have been briefed by the security chiefs that in the early hours of Saturday, March 28th, a vehicle in 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 Akure Airport. 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”.
Governor Akeredolu had earlier admitted knowledge of the explosion on his official twitter handle, stating that he had been briefed by heads of the security agencies in the state, and promising that efforts would be made to ascertain the remote and immediate causes of the explosion.
Agenda Watchdog had earlier reported that an explosion ripped through Iluabo, a suburb of Akure early this morning causing massive damage to houses, a church and a school.
*** Amechi Idumuebor