Gov. Akeredolu reacts to Akure bomb blast
Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Onto state has reacted to the bomb explosion which occurred on the Akura-Owo road early Saturday, leaving over 100 houses and other property destroyed in its wake.
Some Policemen from the Ordinance Unite were conveying the explosives from Akure to a neighbouring state when they went up in flames.
Akeredolu said he visited the scene after being briefed ordered the cordoning off of the area while more investigations were being awaited as to what led to the carnage.
He could not say if there were casualties but called for calm assuring that everything was under control.
“I have been briefed by the security chiefs that in the early hours of Saturday March 28, 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,” he stated.