Explosion rocks Ondo state


Several people have been reported injured with no fewer than 100 residential buildings, school and churches destroyed in an explosion in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The incident, which occurred on Saturday morning, split the Akure Owo Road into two.

Rotimi Akeredolu, who inspected the scene of the explosion, said it was caused by a vehicle moving improvised explosive devices to a nearby state.

Akeredolu explained that the vehicle was in a convoy heading to a storage facility in a neighbouring state when it broke down along the Akure Owo Road, some 2km to the Akure Airport.

He added that the explosion happened in the process of fixing the vehicle.

In a tweet after visiting the scene of the explosion, Akeredolu said he has ordered the rehabilitation of an alternate route to the Akure-Owo road, adding that his administration would also engage the federal government on how to fast track repairs on the damaged part of the road.

He warned the people of the state to stay away from the spot where the vehicle exploded, advising them to maintain a respectable distance to avert another explosion.

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