Isiaka Yunusa, the driver of the explosives-laden truck that wreaked havoc in Eleyewo community in Akure North local government area of Ondo State on March 28, has claimed that he had no knowledge of what he was transporting.
The driver, who was rushed to the hospital after the explosion, has undergone surgery to remove shrapnel from his stomach.
He told journalists that the only thing he could only recall that he was asked by his boss to move some items from a stranded truck at the Osu axis along Ife-Ibadan expressway.
According to the driver, he was in the company of a police escort and a staff of the company where the explosives were to be delivered when the incident occurred.
Yunusa said: “I was sleeping inside the truck. I heard a bang on the vehicle door that smoke was coming out from under the vehicle.
“We quickly move. The policeman that led the team said we should move ahead. As we were moving, the policemen in the escort started flashing him that he should stop. As we got down, I saw fire coming out from the vehicle. We brought out a fire extinguisher while other vehicles parked.
“They tried to assist. Suddenly the policemen shouted everybody run everybody run. As I was running, I heard a bang and noticed something in my abdomen. That was all I knew and I woke up in the hospital.”