Rivers: Fresh explosion claims scores of lives

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Scores of people were on Saturday burnt beyond recognition following an explosion at an illegal oil refinery in Rivers State, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.

Recall that news reports in the early hours of Saturday announced an explosion at an illegal refinery in Imo State.

The Director-General, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency, Idris Musa, who confirmed the development in Rivers State to the News Agency of Nigeria, said investigation into the explosion by the agency was underway.

Musa said: “There was an explosion at an artisanal refining site in Egbema-Ndoni Local Government Area, Rivers State earlier today.

“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 2020 in that axis.

“Further updates on the incident would be announced, while necessary action is being taken to forestall any further ugly situation.”