No fewer than 20 persons have reportedly died at an illegal refinery camp at Kolo Creek in the Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.
Several other persons were said to have suffered varying degrees of injury during the inferno, but the security operatives in the state have remained silent about the incident.
The Joint Task Force, Operation Delta Safe, and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, security outfits directly in charge of checking illegal bunkering, pipeline vandalism and illegal refineries, were said to have had knowledge of the camp but allegedly failed to halt its operation.
It was learnt that tragedy struck in the camp near the creeks of Ebelebiri and Otuogwe when it exploded on December 5, 2017 and went up in flames.
It was learnt that the ferocious fire spread quickly, consuming the unknown 20 persons in the camp. Three persons were said to have escaped the inferno by a whisker.