JUST IN: Many youths die as fire razes refinery site in Imo

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Ejes Gist Newspaper reports that Earlier, fire engulfed an illicit crude oil refining station in Abaezi woodland, in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area (LGA) of Imo State, killing several people (mostly teenagers).

The victims were burned beyond recognition.

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While some sources claim that around 100 individuals perished, Ejes Gist newspaper is unable to confirm the exact number of deaths.

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Despite the fact that local officials have launched a crackdown to try to stop the unlawful refining of stolen crude in southern Nigeria, the theft continues.

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Due to the region’s high , illegal crude refining has become a lucrative business. It entails illegally tapping crude from a network of oil majors’ pipelines and burning it at high temperatures in improvised tanks.

The risky technique adds to a region that has been plagued by oil leaks for decades, destroying farmlands, waterways, and lagoons.

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Some environmental groups are urging the government to subsidise tiny refineries, which are less expensive and easier to operate, in the hopes of generating jobs and ending illegal oil processing.

That is the latest on fire razes refinery site.

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