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Gov Akeredolu reveals cause of Akure explosion, calls for calm

Gov Akeredolu reveals cause of Akure explosion, calls for calm

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has reacted to the explosion that rocked Akure early Saturday (today) morning and left many buildings destroyed, with yet to be known number of people injured.

The governor who revealed the supposed cause of the incident in a post on his Twitter handle-@RotimiAkeredolu, 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 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.

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“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.”

The explosion is coming less than two weeks after a gas explosion in Abule Ado area of Lagos State destroyed over 50 houses and killed several persons.

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