More than 50 individuals have been killed and lots of wounded in southeast Nigeria in an explosion that rocked an unlawful oil refinery, state officers and the police mentioned Saturday.
The loss of life toll could also be greater than 100, based on a report within the Lagos-based Punch newspaper. The fireplace is reported to have unfold to close by properties.
The fireplace broke out on Friday evening and rapidly unfold to 2 gasoline storage areas positioned on the unlawful crude oil refinery inflicting the advanced to be “engulfed by fire which spread rapidly” inside the space, mentioned Declan Emelumba, Imo State Commissioner for Information.
The speedy reason for the explosion and the extent of the deaths, accidents and injury are being investigated, mentioned Emelumba.
“A lot of people died. The people who died are all illegal operators,” mentioned Michael Abattam, spokesman of the Imo State Police Command. The Imo state authorities can be searching for the proprietor of the refinery the place the explosion occurred and have declared him a wished particular person, an official mentioned.
Illegal refineries are widespread in Nigeria the place shady enterprise operators typically keep away from laws and taxes by organising refineries in distant areas, out of sight of authorities.
The observe is so widespread that’s it affecting Nigeria’s crude oil manufacturing, within the oil-rich Niger Delta area. Nigeria is Africa’s largest producer of crude oil but it surely has only a few refineries and consequently most gasoline and different fuels are imported.