25 People, including Children were killed in blast at illegal oil refinery in Rivers

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At least 25 people, including children, were killed in an explosion at an illegal oil refinery in Rivers state on Sunday, October 24.

According to an official, dozens of houses near the refinery in the Rumuekpe area of Rivers State were also destroyed.

Several more people were injured and moved to a nearby hospital.

The official, who requested anonymity, said the area has several such illegal oil refineries that pose a threat to people’s lives, calling for immediate government action on the issue.

It was reported that Nigeria is among the leading oil producers in Africa, but its oil revenues have been declining due to rising violence and insecurity, along with the increasing number of illegal refineries, technical inadequacies, and lack of infrastructure and materials.