Over 100 killed in explosion at illegal oil refining depot in southern Nigeria

More than 100 people were killed in an explosion at illegal oil refining depot in Nigeria's Rivers state overnight, local government officials said on Saturday.

"The fire outbreak occurred at an illegal bunkering site and it affected over 100 people who were burnt beyond recognition," Reuters quotes the state commissioner for petroleum resources, Goodluck Opiah, said.

Nigeria, Africa’s largest crude oil producer, has many illegal oil refineries despite government efforts to eradicate them.

In October 2021, 25 people, including some minors, were killed at another illegal refinery in the same state.

Officials have in the past said Nigeria loses 200,000 barrels of crude oil a day because of theft and vandalism, according to a report from Reuters. 

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