Dozens including women are feared dead following an explosion from a crude oil tapping point in Rumuekpe community in of Rivers State.

It was gathered that the incident occurred at about 2 am on Friday when one of the buses loaded with crude went up in flames while trying to navigate to an illegal refining point in the area.

An environmentalist and Executive Director, Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre, Fyneface Dumnamene said he received news of the incident through its ‘Crude oil spill alert response system.

The Spokesperson of the State Police Command, Grace Iringe-Koko confirmed the incident to newsmen, saying,” The Divisional Police Officer is already on his way to the scene.”

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