Imo: Over 100 youths die in illegal refinery explosion

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Over 100 persons were fear roasted in an explosion that rocked illegal refinery sites in the boundary between Imo and Rivers states.

Fyneface Dumnamene, Executive Director, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC) who broke the news to Vanguard said the incident may have occurred at Abacheka, Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area (ONELGA), Rivers state, but Police Public Relations Officer, Rivers Command, DSP Grace Iringe-Koko clarified that it is, “Not Rivers state, please. It is under Imo state jurisdiction.”

Fyneface had asserted that said some residents in Omoku including members of YEAC’S One Million Youth Volunteers Network of Human Rights Defenders and Promoters in the Niger Delta raised alarm over the incident at dawn.

Fineface who shared gory pictures from the razed site of the artisanal refineries narrated, “Specifically, the explosion which also burnt several vehicles that were waiting to buy the illegal products is said to have occurred in a community in Egbama area called Abacheka.

“Several bodies burnt beyond recognition lay on the ground while others who may have attempted running for safety are seen hanging on some trees branches.

VANGUARD