According to reports, more than 35 individuals tragically lost their lives in a fire incident at an unauthorized oil refining facility in Rivers State.
The incident occurred in the Ibaa Community, within the Emohua Local Government Area of the state. It has been reported that a fire broke out at the illicit site late on Sunday night, affecting all the 45-plus individuals present.
A local source, Emmanuel Daniel, revealed that the victims were at the site for the purpose of trading petroleum products before the fire erupted.
This unfortunate event has impacted people from Isiokpo Kingdom in Ikwerre Local Government Area, as well as those from Ibaa and Oduoha in Emohua Local Government Area.
Daniel narrated: “More than 40 people were there at the site. They were there scooping and bagging crude oil when the fire caught.
“The fire came from a refining site that is close to the point where they were bagging the crude.
“Many Isiokpo and Oduoha people and Ibaa people were there. Seven of the people died inside the pit where they were scooping the crude. About 10 were burnt to charcoal by the pit.
“About 30 people died at the site while over 15 have even rushed to the hospital. I hear that three of them have died while they were being rushed to the hospital.”
As of the current moment, the police have not been able to confirm the situation. Grace Iringe-Koko, a Superintendent of Police and the Police Public Relations Officer for the state Command, mentioned that she would provide a response to our reporter at a later time.
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