Updated: Explosion rocks Akure, 100 houses, school, churches shattered[PHOTOS]
No fewer than 100 residential buildings, school, churches were destroyed by an explosion suspected to be bomb blast in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Saturday morning
The explosion which happened in the early hours of Saturday cut off the ever bustling Akure /Owo road while many people were said to be injured, Tribune gathered.
The incident which happened less than a kilometre to Akure Airport, affected many residents of Eleyowo community, destroying completely a church and a school in the area.
Individuals who lived within the church premises were said to be wounded while some were rescued by the people of the community. As of the time of this report, no death has been recorded but over 50 persons were feared injured.
The school with boarding facilities was destroyed beyond repair with roofs of all the buildings blown off.
The spot at which the explosion happened, cut off the road, hindering vehicular movement.
Reacting to the incident, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, said via Twitter, “I’ve been briefed by security agencies in the state concerning the loud blast that was heard in Akure. I will be at the scene to assess on the advice of heads of our security agencies. I ask that all citizens remain calm as we ascertain details of the incidence.”
Speaking further, he said:”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
“I see many people wish this Akure incidence was a meteor. Although the conspiracy theory sounds intriguing, we thank God this wasn’t the case, else we would be hearing about multiple impact zones and a lot of fatalities. Kudos to the Police for managing the situation well”
I have been briefed by the 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 a fault while in transit along the Akure Owo Road about 2km from the Akure Airport. pic.twitter.com/3EnmmQBd1E
— Arakunrin Akeredolu (@RotimiAkeredolu) March 28, 2020