After an illegal oil refinery plant caught fire in Imo State, at least 109 persons were killed or drowned in Abacheke Kpofire in Egbema community, Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area.
On Friday night, according to our source, the incident occurred.
Despite rumours that the blazing blaze had claimed the lives of dozens of people, NEMA’s Head of Operations, Mr. Ifeanyi Nnaji, had earlier stated that “the mortality tally could not be more than 20.”
In addition, six automobiles were reportedly destroyed.
Nnaji gave an update on the situation, saying that 109 dead have been found thus far.
A lot worse than we expected,” he remarked. 109 bodies had been found as of this evening, with countless more in the river and within the refinery.”
Goodluck Opiah, the State Commissioner for Petroleum Resources, has identified the illicit refinery’s operator, Okenze Onyenwoke, but he is presently on the run.
But he said that the operator had been put on the police’s wanted list.
Mr. Okenya Theadus Mario, president of Egbema Youth, verified the event to our correspondent in Owerri on Saturday.
He reported seeing the burnt bodies of refinery workers and customers when he went to investigate the tragedy.
The decomposing bodies, he claimed, were buried right away.
There were only “approximately 20 victims deceased at the location,” according to NEMA’s head of operations. NEMA’s employees visited the scene.
The Imo State Police Command Public Relations Officer, CSP Mike Abatham, also verified the occurrence, characterising it as terrible.