Explosives Carrying Truck Detonates, Shattering Several Buildings In Akure, Second Explosion In Nigeria’s South West

The Oasis Reporters

March 29, 2020

Ondo State Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu (third from left) at the scene of the blast.
Images from the blast scene.

Houses, School, Churches Affected

Within one month of a bomb blast occuring in Nigeria’s commercial capital of Lagos killing dozens of residents in the South West, another one has happened in Akure, within the same region.

Many residential buildings, school, churches were destroyed by the explosion from a truck carrying explosives in Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Saturday morning.

The explosion, which occurred in the early hours of Saturday, cut off the ever-busy Akure /Owo road while many people were said to be injured.

The explosion happened less than a kilometre to Akure Airport, and it affected many residents of Eleyowo community, destroying completely a church and a school in the area.

Many people who lived within the church premises were said to be injured while some were rescued by the people of the community. The school with boarding facilities was destroyed with roofs of all the buildings blown off.

The spot at which the blast happened cut off the road, hindering vehicular movement, according to a ChannelsTv report.

Investigations are still ongoing and the state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu was seen on television over the issue.

With the ongoing problem of Coronavirus all over the world with many governors in the region putting restrictions on socialization and congestion, the explosion is going to pose some humanitarian challenges, commentators aver.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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