Dozens have been reportedly killed by an explosion that occurred at a pipeline tapping point in Rumuekpe community, Emohua Local Government Area, Rivers State.
The Informant247 gathered the deceased were said to be engaged in the business of illegal refining of stolen crude oil.
Fyneface Fyneface, the Executive Director, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (YEAC-Nigeria), confirmed the incident through the centre’s Crude Oil Spill Alert System (COSAS), saying the explosion happened at about 2am on Friday when a driver kicked the ignition of one of the buses loaded with stolen crude oil.
The bus was being used to transport the siphoned crude oil to the location of the illegal refineries.
The explosion caused inferno that reportedly burnt dozens of people including women beyond recognition.
The incident, which occurred along the Trans-Niger Delta Pipeline (TNP), also burnt many vehicles and tricycles to ashes.
It was gathered that persons around the tapping point, who had either loaded the crude or waited for their turns were all killed by the explosion.
Soldiers and police were said to have rushed to secure the scene.