Fire leaves at least 100 dead in Imo, Nigeria | News

At least 100 people died this Saturday as a result of a fire caused in an illegal oil refinery in Imo state, located in southeastern Nigeria.


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“The fire has killed at least 100 people,” said Imo State Police spokesman Michael Abattan.

The police added that the incident began at 12:00 (local time) and reported that the injured were taken to a nearby hospital.

The Government of Nigeria has previously pointed out the danger posed by the establishment of these illegal refineries that endanger the workers and the environment of the country.

The deposit is originated by a delta that derives from the Niger River and covers approximately 20,000 kilometers.

The area has great environmental value and is home to around 30 million inhabitants of four African ethnic groups, who are currently affected by pollution caused by indiscriminate and illegal extraction.

Oil is a flagship resource of this nation, the first producer of crude oil in Africa and tenth in the world.

In 2021, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari approved the Oil Industry Bill that aimed to regulate the oil company and its sectors to eliminate corruption from them. However, the current scenario shows that the law has not had any effect at all.