Imo Explosion: Buhari Reacts, Orders Clampdown On Illegal Refineries

Imo Explosion: Buhari Reacts, Orders Clampdown On Illegal Refineries

  • Nigeria's leader, President Muhammadu Buhari has reacted to the recent attack in Imo state which claimed 100 lives
  • In a statement by its spokesman, Garba Shehu, Buhari ordered an intensified clampdown on illegal refining sites across the country
  • Meanwhile, the explosion that rocked an illegal refinery at Abaezi Forest in the Ohaji-Egbema LGA of the state claimed 100 lives

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the nation’s armed forces, security and intelligence agencies to intensify the clampdown on illegal refineries.

He gave this charge following the reported deaths of over 100 people on Friday night, April 22, after an illegal refinery exploded at Abaezi forest in the Ohaji-Egbema Local Government Area of Imo state.

Buhari, in a statement issued by the presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, described the incident as a catastrophe and a national disaster, PM News reports.

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Governor Hope Uzodinma is not happy with the incident that claimed at least 100 people in Imo state. Photo credit: Hope Uzodinma
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He added that sponsors of the illegal refinery must be held responsible for the sad occurrence and must all be caught and made to face justice, Channels TV added.

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Buhari's directive

Buhari urged community leaders, the police, and the secret service to never allow the occurrence of the heart-breaking incident in any part of the country again.

Dialogue not violence remains the solution, says Hope Uzodimma

In a previous report by, Governor Hope Uzodimma said dialogue remains the solution to addressing insecurity in Imo and other states of the federation.

The Imo governor on Saturday, April 9, urged trouble makers in the southeast to jettison violence in support of dialogue as the 2023 elections draw near.

Uzodimma further stated that destroying assets in the southeast region will not add value to the Igbos.

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Imo explosion: Hope Uzodimma mourns with Ohaji/Egbema people

State of the nation: Buhari summons Uzodinma, power minister, economic adviser to Villa for emergency meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari summoned Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state, the minister of power, Abubakar Aliyu, and the chief economic adviser, Prof Doyin Salami, to a meeting at the Presidential Villa on Monday afternoon, March 21.

The senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, made this known through a statement.

Buhari reacts to the Imo attack

While the president condemned the spate of violence in Imo state, he pledged to review the security situation in the southeast.


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