Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to the explosion that took place in Akure, the state capital in the early hours of Saturday.
POLITICS NIGERIA learned that the incident occurred around 1 a.m. on Saturday along Akure-Owo expressway, a few kilometres from the Akure metropolis.
Speaking after having an on-the-spot assessment of the situation, Akeredolu said the explosion was caused by a vehicle carrying explosives.
The governor said the vehicle was transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighbouring state when it developed fault along the Akure-Owo road.
Akeredolu said that the personnel who spotted smoke in the vehicle did all they could to extinguish it all to no avail.
He added that this led to a massive explosion that was felt as far as Akure and its environs with causalities yet to be ascertained.
“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,” he said.
“Everything is under control and I will be updating the public on any new developments,” the Governor assured residents of the state.”