The UAE expresses solidarity with Nigeria over the victims of an explosion at an oil plant

Abu Dhabi (WAM)

The UAE has expressed its sincere sympathy and solidarity with the friendly Federal Republic of Nigeria for the victims of the explosion of an oil plant in the southeastern part of the country, which resulted in dozens of deaths.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation expressed its sincere sympathy and sympathy with the Government and the friendly people of Nigeria and to the families and relatives of the victims in this great loss.
An explosion at an illegal oil refinery has killed at least 110 people in the Niger Delta in southern Nigeria, which has been devastated by decades of sabotage and illegal exploitation of hydrocarbons.
Police and emergency services said the blast occurred last night at an illegal location between the two oil states of Rivers and Imo.
“We found at least 110 bodies of evidence of severe burns at the site,” said Evianyi Nagy of the National Emergency Agency at the scene.
He added: “We learned that there are many corpses in the nearby forests and forests as a result of the illegal attempt by some of the refinery operators and those responsible for them to flee to a safe place.”
Naji explained that a number of burning cars and containers used to collect the stolen crude oil and oil products were scattered on the spot. Police confirmed that the explosion took place at the site of an illegal refinery where its operators and customers were gathering. “Many unrecognizable burned bodies lay on the ground, while the bodies of others who tried to escape hung in the tree branches,” said Vinvice Domnamine, director of the Youth and Environment Center.
Several local media outlets reported that more than a hundred people were killed in the blast, which is part of a long series of repeated similar incidents. President Muhammadu Buhari described what happened as a “national disaster”, in a statement to his office. He called on the security forces to step up their crackdown on illegal refineries.
Nigeria is the largest oil producer in Africa and exports an average of two million barrels a day, representing 90 percent of the country’s export revenues. According to sources from the official sector, the country loses about 200,000 barrels of crude oil a day due to sabotage and theft.
Illegal crude oil filtration is a common practice in oil-rich southern Nigeria, where thieves sabotage oil pipelines to steal crude oil, which they refine and sell on the black market.
Most of the residents of the Niger Delta suffer from poverty and constantly accuse the big oil companies of polluting the region and not contributing to its development.
Decades of oil spills destroyed mangroves and entire villages where fishing and agriculture were the main source of income. The worst pipeline explosion in Nigeria took place in October 1998 in the southern city of Jesse, killing more than a thousand inhabitants.
The government deployed the army to carry out extensive operations to destroy illegal refineries in the Niger Delta and to try to stop the looting of oil resources.
But the campaign has yielded sparse results, and hundreds of illegal refineries still operate in swamps and near rivers that cross the area. The head of the National Agency for Oil Spill Detection and Response, Idris Moussa, said an investigation was launched to find out the cause of the explosion, adding: “Investigations are underway and the fire that broke out after the explosion, has been turned off. “

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