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Imo illegal refinery fire: 50 victims get mass burial

No fewer than 50 victims of last Friday’s illegal refinery explosion at Abaezi forest in Abacheke Kpofire community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of…

No fewer than 50 victims of last Friday’s illegal refinery explosion at Abaezi forest in Abacheke Kpofire community in Ohaji Egbema Local Government Area of Imo State were given mass burial yesterday at 5pm. The exercise was supervised by the chairman of the local government, Marcel Amadioha, security agents and officials of NEMA.

Amadioha, who spoke to newsmen at the site, said the 50 victims could not be identified. 

One of the youth leaders in the area, Ben Marcus, who spoke to our correspondent, said some of the victims were identified by their relatives and were released to them for burial. 

He urged the government to provide employment for the teeming youths of the community to dissuade them from getting involved in such illegal and risky business.

No fewer than 110 people were confirmed killed by the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) in the explosion.