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Imo refinery fire: Death toll now over 100

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…Explosion kills seven, injure many in Yobe beer parlour

DEATH toll in yesterday’s fire outbreak in an illegal oil refinery at Abaeze community in Ohaji-Egbema Local Government of Imo State has risen to 110.

  Acting Head of Imo-Abia Operations Office of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Mr. Ifeanyi Nnaji, gave the figure in a news conference, today.

  According to Nnaji, more bodies that were recovered in the Orashi River, near the scene of the incident with some who died in various hospitals increased the previous figure to the present total casualty.

It will be recalled that an illegal refinery situated in the Abaeze forest in Ohaji/Egbema Local Government exploded on Saturday and killed many people.

Similarly, seven persons were killed with many more seriously injured during an explosion that rocked a beer parlour known as “Gidan Amarya” at Gashua, in Bade Local Government Area of Yobe State yesterday night.

No group had claimed responsibility for the blast. But residents said the incident happened after a loud bang that was heard across many parts of the town around 8pm.

According to a shop owner close to the beer parlour, Abdu Sheriff, the loud sound forced many people to scamper for safety.

“I heard the sound while we were observing our Isha prayers and immediately we finished, we rushed into our houses to hide. After some moments, we were informed that the explosion hit a beer parlour that is in a neighbouring community,” he said.

Executive Chairman of Bade Local Government Area, Sanda Kara Bade, confirmed the incident.

According to him, he immediately mobilised security team to the scene to ascertain extent of casualty, during when injured victims were evacuated for treatment in a government hospital.

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