Explosion at illegal refinery in Nigeria has left more than 100 dead and 150 injured

More than 100 people have been killed in an explosion at an illegal hydrocarbon refinery in Abaezi forest, Ohaji-Egbemna, Imo state, southern Nigeria. In addition, about 150 people were reportedly injured.

According to a correspondent of the Nigerian newspaper ‘Punch’, at least 50 bodies were burnt beyond recognition. The Imo State Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, Goodluck Opiah, said that “I cannot confirm the death toll at the moment because many relatives have taken many bodies with them”. The Imo State government has declared Okenze Onyenwoke, the owner of this illegal refinery, wanted. I recommend that he turns himself in to the police,” he said.

“This is cruelty. It is economic sabotage. It is also destroying our young people. I ask young people to stay away from this kind of illegal business. There are many legal businesses from which one can earn money,” Opiah has argued.

Furthermore, Opiah stressed that “in addition to this calamity,” the incident “has destroyed the aquatic life of the community” and recalled that most of the people work in agriculture and fishing.

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