Minors among 25 killed in Nigeria illegal oil refinery blast
Published: 12:58 PM, 25 October 2021
At least 25 people, including some minors, were killed in an explosion at an illegal oil refinery in the West African country of Nigeria.
The explosion took place in the early morning of Friday at Rivers state, a local leader told Reuters on Sunday.
The community leader Ifeanyi Omano told Reuters that the death toll from the blast was even “higher”. “However, we are counting the bodies of 25 people. The dead included minors and people from several communities,” he said.
A local police spokesman confirmed the blast but did not reveal the exact number of casualties.
Illegal oil refining is very common in Nigeria’s oil-rich Delta region. Local poor people join in this work for extra profit. However, the work is extremely dangerous.
Nigeria is the largest oil exporter in Africa. Although the production is more than 10%, the country loses an average of about 200,000 barrels of oil per day due to armed group sabotage, illegal refineries, conflicts and kidnappings. Besides this, due to technical inadequacies in the river and Delta areas and lack of equipment, oil revenue also declined.