Scores burnt beyond recognition as explosion hits illegal refinery in Rivers


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Daily Courier – Scores of people were on Saturday burnt beyond recognition, following an explosion at an illegal oil refinery in Rivers.

Mr Idris Musa, Director-General, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), who confirmed the incident said investigation into the explosion by the agency was underway.

“There was an explosion earlier today, at an artisanal refining site in Egbema-Ndoni LGA, Rivers State. The incident claimed several lives especially those engaged in the illegal oil refining and bunkering.

“The incident is still under investigation even though the raging inferno has subsided.

“That area is one of the oil theft prone locations.

“An incident similar to this happened in year 2020 in that axis. Further updates on the incident would be announced, while necessary action is being taken to forestall any further ugly situation”, Musa said.