Traders always set up refineries in remote areas to circumvent the rules and save taxes
A blast at an illegal oil refinery in Abuja, southeastern Nigeria, has killed at least 30 people. While many people have been injured. Officials have given this information. The death toll could rise to more than 100, according to the Lagos-based Punch newspaper. It is being shown that the fire caused by the blast has spread to the surrounding property.
The fire on Friday night quickly spread to two illegal fuel depots, said Declan Emelumba, Imo’s state information commissioner. We are getting the exact number of deaths due to the explosion.
Declan Emelumba said the blast near the refinery was illegal. The cause of the explosion is being investigated. A spokesman for Imo State Police Command said all those killed in the incident were administrators. The person who owned the refinery has been declared wanted and is being sought.
According to the news agency AP, there is nothing new about illegal refineries in Nigeria. Nigeria is the largest producer of crude oil in Africa. There are very few refineries for this. It mostly imports gasoline and other fuels. Illegal traders take advantage of this. These traders always set up refineries in remote areas to circumvent the rules and save taxes. Where the reach of police and officers is not easy. Illegal refinery trade hurts crude oil production in Nigeria.
The militants opened fire with heavy weapons on a Pakistani army post across the border at night, killing three soldiers. The army gave this information on Saturday. The army said in a statement that the encounter began when militants opened fire on an army post in Pakistan’s North Waziristan region. Many people are still killed in the encounter. Details of the attack could not be independently confirmed. The attack comes at a time when there have been several bombings in Afghanistan in recent days.