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By: Ade Adeleke
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has visited and reacted to explosion that happened in Akure where property were damaged.
Earlier before the visit Akeredolu said in a Statement that, “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,” Akeredolu said.
AKURE EXPLOSION: AKEREDOLU VISITS SCENE, APPEALS FOR CALM
Following the unfortunate explosion which occured along Akure Owo expressway in Ondo State, Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN visited the scene to assess the extent of damage.
For now, no reports of casualties have been recorded; but the impact of the explosion has had a devastating effect on several buildings including schools and a Church.
Expectedly, various slants have characterised the incident even as several claims trail the unfortunate blast. The Government of Ondo State wishes to appeal to all to be calm and refrain from flaunting theories that are capable of distracting the security agencies in their investigations.
In the meantime, Governor Akeredolu advises people to be careful and take precautions not to rush to the scene. This, according to him, is pertinent because the blast, the scene and its immediate effects are already security concerns.
This is more so that no one can confirm if undetonated devices are still stuck in unseen corners, especially in the gully already created by the blast.
It is, therefore, in the public interest for people to allow security experts access to the area by de-populating the scene. Security agencies will keep the public informed of developments as they unfold.
Owing to the road that has been cut-off, an alternative route will be worked on immediately for commuters plying the route.
Hon. Commissioner for Information and Orientation