Thursday, December 9

Many feared dead as Refinery explodes in Rivers community

Many people were feared killed and many other injured on Friday evening following a Refinery explosion in the Rumuekpe community of Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.

According to report, the explosion occurred at an illegal refinery site known in the area as ‘Kpo Fire’.

The illegal refinery reportedly burst into flames killing most of its operators and left many others with burns.

The Police Public Relations Officer PPRO in the state, Nnamdi Omoni, who confirmed the incident to newsmen said he was yet to ascertain the level of damage and number of casualties.

The PPRO however said a detachment of officers from the state police command had been deployed to the area to ensure there was no breakdown of law and order.

However, a source said a local security commander, Frank Nwazimutor, confirmed that five of the persons that died in the explosion hailed from his village.

According to the source “It is a fire outbreak based on the kpofire business that they do. There was a fire outbreak that caused loss of life. But not up to 20 persons have died. 22 persons were burnt but the dead body we have counted now is four.

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“Some are from our community and others are outsiders and others we cannot identify who were caught up in the fire.  That is where the problem lies right now.

“The community is not too tense, rather, where there is pressure is in the forest where the bunkering business is going on. Inside the community, it is calm,” he said.

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