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Over 100 people killed in explosion at Nigerian illegal petroleum refinery

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Official and local sources reported that more than 100 people were killed in an explosion at an illegal oil refining plant in Nigeria’s southern state, Imo.

The illegal oil refinery at Egbema local governance area was hit by an explosion late Friday night. This area is bordered between the southern states Imo, Rivers and was home to the illegal oil refining plant. A second official said Saturday that more than 100 people were killed, according the Xinhua news agency.

Goodluck Opiah (the Commissioner for Petroleum Resources in Imo) said to Xinhua that there was a fire at an illegal bunkering location that affected over 100 people.

Opiah stated that unidentified bodies of burned victims littered the area. He also revealed that the government had previously declared the need for the operator the illegal oil refinery. The suspect is currently in hiding.

According to Collins Ajie (a community leader and President General of the Supreme Council of Oil and Gas Producing Areas of Imo), the explosion was heard suddenly in the forest between Imo and Rivers. Thick smoke then engulfed the entire area.

Ajie said to Xinhua via telephone, “It’s unfortunate; a tragedy nobody dreamed about where approximately 108 burnt bodies have been counted thus far.”

These illegal oil refineries tap crude oil from oil companies’ pipelines and distill it into products in improvised tank.

Nigeria is a country where oil pipeline vandalism and theft are common. This can lead to huge economic losses.

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