Illegal refinery kills 20

Agencies reportedly knew about site but didn’t act.

How Negligence Led to Deaths of 20 Persons in Illegal Bayelsa Refinery Fire

Emmanuel Addeh

Fresh facts yesterday emerged as to how at least 20 persons were burnt beyond recognition penultimate Tuesday in an inferno at an illegal crude oil refining site in Kolo Creek, Ogbia Local Government Area, Bayelsa State.

Well over a week after the incident, none of the special security outfits deployed to fight illicit oil theft and refining in the Niger Delta region has issued a statement on the incident, but it was learnt yesterday that the agencies may have been aware of the existence of the site but declined to act.

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