One person reportedly died in an explosion on Thursday at an illegal refinery in Delta State.
Naija News learnt that the unauthorized oil refinery operated by yet-to-be identified persons exploded yesterday, leaving no fewer than five other persons severely injured.
The incident reportedly happened in the creeks of Warri River in Warri South-West Local Government Area of the state.
Though no comment has yet been made by the state command of the Nigeria Police Force as at the time the report was given. The police public relations officer for Delta State Command, DSP Bright Edafe, could not be reached for confirmation on the phone, Naija News understands.
However, sources according to the PUNCH said that the victims were sighted at Warri Miler Jetty as they were rushed to a private hospital in a fast-moving speed boat.
One of the sources who pleaded anonymity said that the victims got burnt when fire gutted their local refinery site as they were busy refining petroleum products in the creeks.
The cause of the explosion is yet to be confirmed also as of the time of filing this report. While the identities of the victims could not be ascertained.
Meanwhile, it was reported barely a week ago that goods worth several million on naira were destroyed in a fire that gutted a shopping complex in the Geri-Alimi axis of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.
Information gathered by Naija News has it that the fire was caused by an electrical surge from one of the shops located in the complex.
Six shops were affected out of the 41 located in the complex due to the quick intervention of operatives of the Kwara State Fire Service who prevented it from spreading further.
Speaking on the fire incident, the spokesperson of the State Fire Service, Hassan Adekunle said it was a Police officer from the B’ Division of the State Police Command that called their attention to the inferno about 5:35 am in the morning.
He said: “It was DPO B’ Division of Nigeria police Force Kwara state command Ilorin who quickly summoned the brigade to the scene of occurrence at about 05:35hrs this morning
“However, firemen were able to eliminate the ravaging fire on time. And out of 41 shops, Only 6 shops in the shopping complex were affected.
“The fire was caused as a result of electric surge from one of the shops.”
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