Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu, has said that the explosion heard in the capital Akure around 1am earlier this morning was from an explosive being taken by security personnel to a neighbouring state.
In a series of tweets after visiting the site of the incident — along the Akure-Owo Road and 2km from the local airport — Akeredolu said “security personnel and other individuals transporting 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 causalities following my visit to the scene. I have directed that the area be cordoned off to allow 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.”
Accompanied on the visit by security personnel and aides, Akeredolu said that the situation was under control and he will brief the public regularly on developments.
“We understand that this is taking place in the midst of a global crisis. We ask that everyone continue to stay calm, stay safe and continue to #TakeResponsibility in this #COVID19Nigeria fight,” he added.
Earlier reports say that the explosion affected dozens of residential buildings, schools, churches and petrol stations. Residents in the neighbourhood said the blast damaged the road severely and created a crater.