The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu has revealed the actual cause of the explosion when he pays condolence visit to the scene of the incident. Rotimi Akeredolu noted that the explosion resulted from a vehicle in a convoy transporting explosives to a storage facility in a neighbouring state which became faulty while in transit along the Akure Owo Road, about two kilometres from Akure Airport.
Nigerians have taken to social media to give a different meaning to the explosion, some people say the explosion was caused by a meteor or thunderstorm while some it may be the handwork of Boko Haran.
Now the Governor of the State, Akeredolu has put the speculations to rest as he revealed the real cause of the explosion.
He said, “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. 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.