The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has sympathized with the government of Imo, following Friday’s explosion of an illegal refinery in the Abaezi forest in the Ohaji-Egbema local government area of l ‘State.
OPEC sent its condolences in a letter signed by its secretary general, Mohammad Barkindo and addressed to the governor of Imo, Hope Uzodinma.
Recall that dozens of people were killed and several others injured in the incident.
Barkindo said: “It is with deep shock and deep sadness that I learned of the tragic loss of life following a fire at an illegal oil refining depot in the Abaezi forest in the Ohaji-Egbema local government area in Imo, near the border with Rivers State.
“On behalf of OPEC, I would like to express our deepest condolences to you and the heroic people of Imo State at this difficult time.
“Loss of life on this scale is very difficult to understand and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those affected by this tragedy, as well as those recovering from their injuries.
“We stand with all who mourn during this difficult time. We will also pray for the safety of emergency response teams.
He also prayed to God to give the bereaved the courage to bear the unbearable loss.