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A heavy explosion has occured along Akure-Owo road in Abo town, Akure North Local Government Area of Ondo State around 1 am on Saturday. Scores were wounded and many buildings have been destroyed.

According to the State's Commissioner of Police, Undie Adie, the explosives belonged to a construction company in Edo State. it was been conveyed when it exploded in Ilu-Abo, a village near Akure, Along Owo/Akure highway.


Meanwhile The State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has reacted through his official twitter handle (@RotimiAkeredolu): "I have been briefed by 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 fault while in transit along Akure-Owo road about 2km from 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.


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.”

 

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