Imo: UN sympathises with Nigeria over explosion at illegal refinery (photos)

Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, Mr Mahamat Annadif, on Monday offered condolences to Nigeria over the Imo illegal refinery explosion.

Annadif stated in New York that he learned with deep emotion about the tragic explosion that occurred on Friday at a gasoline refinery in Imo.

The explosion, which occurred at the Abaeze forest in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State, killed at least 100 persons.

Annadif wished those injured in the explosion a speedy recovery.

Meanwhile, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has stated that the death toll at the refinery had risen to 110.

The acting Head of Imo/Abia Operations Office of the agency, Mr Ifeanyi Nnaji, told NAN on Monday that more dead bodies were recovered in Orashi River, near the scene.

He said arrangements were on to carry out mass burial of the corpses.

Nnaji also said that NEMA would soon present an official report on the incident.

Damaged cars are seen following a blast at a Nigerian oil refinery, in this photo released by the Rivers State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps. Women and children among hundreds killed in the blast early Saturday, April 23.
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A man stands at the scene of explosion in which over 100 people lost their lives, at an illegal crude oil bunkering site at Abaezi forest, in Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo state, Nigeria April 24, 2022. REUTERS/Tife Owolabi

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