An explosion in Akure, Ondo state, on Saturday morning, destroyed many residential houses, a church building and a school.
The explosion suspected to be a bomb blast cut off the busy Akure/Owo road.
The incident, which happened about two kilometres to Akure Airport, affected many residents of Eleyowo community, destroying the church and the school in the area.
Many people, who lived within the the church premises, were said to have been wounded.
The site at which the explosion happened has a deep crater cutting off the road and hindering vehicular movement.
The severity of the blast also cut the Akure-Owo expressway in two.
The Commissioner of Police in Ondo State, Undie Adie told newsmen at the scene of the incident that the truck was carrying dynamite for a quarry company.
Adie, who said that the consignment was duly escorted by personnel of the police Explosive Ordinance (EOD), added that the vehicle developed a fault and exploded on the road.
The blast was said to have occurred when a truck conveying explosives to a quarry in another state exploded at the airport junction area of Akure.
He said they noticed smoke was coming out of the engine of the vehicle which later resulted in a fire setting off the explosives.
Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of the state, also visited the site of the explosion.
”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,” he said while addressing journalists.
”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 ordnance 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.”
On March 15, an explosion in Abule Ado area of Lagos led to the death of 22 people and the destruction of many houses.
World Street Journal has learnt of an explosion that went off in Akure and was felt by residents of other cities close to the town. The explosion was heard around 12:30 am to 1 am on Saturday morning, the 28th of March 2020.
Here’s what we know about the explosion that happened in Akure.
It was felt in other places…
The blast was felt beyond Akure as residents of neighboring towns including Owo, Ondo and other nearby towns reported hearing a loud sound that lasted for minutes.