At least 100 people died this Saturday (23) in a fire at an illegal oil refinery in Imo state in southeastern Nigeria, a police spokesman said. to the Efe Agency. “The fire killed at least a hundred people,” Imo State Police spokesman Michael Abattan said in a telephone conversation with EFE. “In addition, several people were injured and taken to a nearby hospital,” added Abattan.
According to this spokesperson, the fire started around h (local time, 8:00 am Brasília time). Police are already at the scene of the incident to investigate the causes of the fire, which are still unknown. The Nigerian government has warned on several occasions of the danger that the opening of illegal refineries poses both to the people who work in them and to the environment.
The oil sector in Nigeria – Africa’s largest producer of crude oil – has been the target of harsh criticism from local communities, who have denounced the great environmental damage caused by its activities, mainly in the south of the country.