Dozens are feared dead following an explosion from a crude oil tapping point in Rumuekpe commumity in Emuoha Local Government Area (LGA) of Rivers State.

The incident occurred at about 2 am on Friday when one of the buses loaded with crude oil went up in flames while trying to navigate to an illegal refining point in the area. Women are reportedly among the casualties.

The Spokesman of the Rivers State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed the incident, saying, “The Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of the community is already on his way to the scene.”

Similarly, an environmentalist and Executive Director of the Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre, Fyneface Dumnamene, confirmed the incident.

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