Ebun Francis| Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Saturday explained the cause of the explosion that rocked a suburb of Akure, the Ondo state capital, following a visit to the scene of the incident.
The state commissioner of police, Undie Adie, had earlier explained that the explosive belonged to a construction company based in Edo state.
While confirming the commissioner’s account, the governor via his Twitter account, added that the convoy had been transporting the explosives to “a storage facility in a neighboring state.”
According to the governor, while en-route, “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.”
Akeredolu noted that efforts are still being made to ascertain if there are casualties.
Akeredolu twitted, “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.”