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Explosion kills 34 at illegal fuel depot in Benin Republic

Nigeria’s subsidy decision illustrated Benin’s deep economic dependence on its giant neighbor, with 215 million inhabitants, the continent’s largest economy and status as one of Africa’s top oil producers. Photo Credit: RN archive

On Saturday, a contraband fuel depot in Benin Republic near Nigeria’s border exploded into flames, resulting in the death of at least 34 individuals.

Alassane Seidou, Benin’s Interior Minister, confirmed that a serious fire occurred in the town of Seme Podji but did not provide details on how it happened.

Unfortunately, Seidou also disclosed that 34 people, including two babies, lost their lives as a result of the smuggled fuel.

Additionally, 20 individuals are receiving medical treatment, some of whom are in critical condition.

A local bike driver, Semevo Nounagnon, who lives near the site of the tragedy, stated that there is a large gasoline warehouse in the area, and cars, tricycles, and motorcycles come and go from morning to evening.

Writing by Hadiza Abdulrahman; Editing by Adeniyi Bakare