Police confirm four dead in tank farm explosion


Two students from the Petroleum Training Institute in Effurun, Delta State were reportedly killed in an explosion at Matrix Energy Tank Farm, Ifiekporo in the Warri South Local Government Area of ​​the state.

PUNCH Metro found that the two students, Omare Sunny from the Mechanical Engineering Department and Godstime Chuks from the Petroleum Engineering Department, were working as interns at the facility when the explosion happened on Friday evening.

The president of the government of the Union of students of the institution, Esharedoro Efe, in a statement, criticized the management of the oil company for having insisted that there had been no casualties in the establishment’s nocturnal fire.

He revealed that the incident resulted in three deaths at the scene, including two PTI students.

The statement, which was also copied to the Delta State Government, Department of State Services and PTI leadership, among others, read in part: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement from Matrix Energy Limited stating that no casualties were recorded in the explosion which occurred on July 8, 2022.

“It is recorded that two graduates of the National Diploma of the Petroleum Training Institute, who were undergoing their industrial training, Comr. Omare Sunny and Comr. Godstime Chuks from the Mechanical Engineering Department and the Petroleum Engineering Department respectively lost his life in the cold hands of death due to this explosion. Such information is wrong, inhuman, unjust and diabolical.

“We frown at this event and blame the management for not having all the necessary safety precautions in place, which resulted in the deaths of two young and dynamic students preparing for the higher national diploma at the start of their prime. .

“It is on this basis that we call on the management of Matrix Energy Limited to, as a matter of urgency, debunk this information as it is capable of wreaking havoc in the student community and as such to reach out to the families of the deceased with immediate effect.

“If you don’t within the next 24 hours, we will have no choice but to mobilize our students in force to shut down all forms of operations in this company.”

Meanwhile, our correspondent has learned that the remains of five other victims were found by local divers on Sunday by the river.

The discovery comes after a delegation from the Delta State government claimed that no lives were lost in the hell.

The delegation, however, certified 12 people injured in the incident.

State Police Public Relations Officer DSP Bright Edafe on Monday confirmed the deaths of four victims, whose bodies were found by the river.

The PPRO, however, told our correspondent that the command could not identify any of the bodies found.


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