Hundreds of people have been killed in an explosion and fire at an illegal oil refinery in Nigeria’s Rivers State. On Saturday, local government officials and a non-governmental organization said the deaths occurred at an oil refinery.
Rivers State Petroleum Resources Commissioner Goodluck Opiah said a fire had broken out at an illegal oil refinery in the province. It killed more than 100 people. The identities of many of them are not going to be confirmed as they were burnt.
Extreme unemployment and poverty have made illegal oil refining an attractive business in Nigeria. Occasionally, however, explosions and fires at these illegal refineries result in deaths.
After stealing oil from the pipelines of various major oil companies in the country, they are refined in illegal installations. This dangerous process often leads to fatal accidents.
A region of the country has become a victim of horrific pollution as a result of this illegal oil refining process. In the meantime, agricultural lands, rivers and lakes in the area have also been damaged.