Explosion Occurs In The Early Hours Of Saturday Split The Akure- Owo Road Into Two Destroying Over 50 Buildings

Explosion Occurs In The Early Hours Of Saturday Split The Akure- Owo Road Into Two Destroying Over 50 Buildings

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Explosion Occurs In The Early Hours Of Saturday Split The Akure- Owo Road Into Two Destroying Over 50 Buildings

The explosion which occurred in the early hours of Saturday split the Akure- Owo Road into two, destroying over 50 buildings. Ondo State Governor , Rotimi Akeredolu , has said a vehicle moving improvised explosive devices to a nearby state caused the explosion that rocked Akure, the state capital .

Akeredolu , who inspected the scene of the explosion on Saturday, said he was briefed by security chiefs. He explained that the vehicle was in a convoy heading to a storage facility in a neighbouring state when it broke down along the Akure - Owo Road , some 2 km to the Akure Airport.

The governor said the explosion , which destroyed over 50 buildings, happened in the process of fixing the vehicle .
He said the state would commence work on creating an alternative route for commuters due to the importance of the split Akure - Owo road.

He said , “ 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 2 km 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 .

“ 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.

“ I have instructed the State Ministry for Works to commence the rehabilitation of the alternate route, a rural road through Iluabo , due to the importance of the Akure - Owo Road . We will also engage the Federal Government on how to fast track the repair of the damaged portion .
“ Everything is under control and I will be updating the public on any new developments. ”

He warned the people of the state to stay away from the spot where the vehicle exploded, advising them to maintain a respectable distance to avert another disaster should another explosion recur.

“ Do not also forget that coronavirus is in the country . I thank God that there has not been any recorded case in Ondo State, ” he added .



                                     
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