Oil from a leaky pipeline catches fire in Goi-Bodo, a swampy area of the Niger Delta. (Photo: Reuters)
Rivers State Oil Resources Commissioner, Goodluck Opiah, said. “The fire broke out at an illegal oil extraction site and the explosion left more than 100 people burned unrecognizably.”
The location of the incident Oil refinery explosion located in the Ohaji-Egbema area of Imo State in the Abaezi Forest, straddling the border of Rivers and Imo states.
Unemployment and poverty in the oil-producing Niger Delta have made illegal crude refining an attractive business despite the threat to life. Crude oil is drawn from a network of pipelines owned by major oil companies and refined into a product that is stored in makeshift crude storage tanks.
This dangerous process has resulted in many fatal accidents and has contaminated an area already ravaged by oil spills onto farmland, creeks and lagoons.
Nigeria’s Youth and Environment Advocacy Center said several vehicles lined up to buy illegal fuel were burned in the explosion.
At least 25 people, including several children, were killed in an explosion and fire at another illegal oil refinery in Rivers state in October 2021.
Government officials estimate that Nigeria, Africa’s largest oil producer and exporter, loses an average of 200,000 barrels of oil a day, or more than 10% of its output, due to the problem. stealing oil from mining or sabotage pipelines.
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