Buildings Fall, Roads Cut In Twos As Explosion Rocks Akure - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Buildings Fall, Roads Cut In Twos As Explosion Rocks Akure





Buildings - private and commercial, came down in rubbles in their scores while roads were cut into pieces in Akure as a huge explosion rocks it early Saturday morning.

The explosion The Daily Crucible gathered came from a truck bearing bomb which accidentally detonated, sending a huge shock, explosion and balls of fire into space. The impact also left a deep crater on the road.

The truck was said to have developed fault and pulled up by the roadside while the occupants fled, warning people to stay away from the truck and its cargo. 

Few minutes after the warning was sent out, the devastating explosion occurred about 12midnight at Eleyewo in Akure North local government.

There are fears that many might have been injured or trapped in the debris of collapsed structures just as it is not yet clear what the explosive device in tansit was meant for  before it turned destructive to properties and peace of the Akure residents.

Unauthorised source said the explosive device was meant for a quarry site and was being escorted to the site by Police officers when the danger occurred.

However,  another account has it that it was the bomb consignment for the Police Ordinance Unit of  State Police Command of a nearby state and being conveyed to base when the ordinance accident happened.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu who acknowledged being briefed by security agencies in the state concerning the explosion that shook Akure, visited the scene and appealed to residents to stay away from the area after inspecting the havock wrecked by the explosion.

 Akeredolu said a vehicle carrying improvised explosive devices to a nearby state caused the explosion.

According to the Governor, the vehicle was in a convoy heading to a storage facility in a neighbouring state when it broke down along the Akure Owo Road.

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," he said.

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