Imo Explosion: President Buhari Orders Arrest Of Illegal Refineries Operators

By Daily Report Nigeria
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President Muhammadu Buhari, on Sunday in Abuja, described the death of tens of Nigerians on Friday night in the explosion of an illegal refinery as a “catastrophe and a national disaster.”

Over 100 people were killed during the incident after an illegal refinery caught fire at the Abaezi community in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State.

Six vehicles were also razed in the incident that threw the community into mourning.

In a statement issued on Sunday by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, the President directed the nation’s armed forces, security and intelligence agencies to intensify the clampdown on illegal refineries.

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The President said responsibility for the loss of lives and property must squarely lie with the sponsors of the illegal refinery, “who must all be caught and made to face justice.”
He conveyed “the condolences and the full depth and range of the nation’s shock and trauma” to the families of the victims, the Ohaji Egbema community and the government and people of Imo State.

He, therefore, urged community leaders, the police, and the secret service to never allow such a heart-breaking incident happened in any part of the country again.

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