Having been chased out of Rivers State, some owners of illegal refinery in Rivers State have relocated to some communities in Oron, Akwa Ibom State, to be able to continue with their illegal and deadly trade.
TNN learnt that the kpofire refinery owners have found compatriots in Oron, where illegal refining activities are already going on, without the intervention of the state government.
The Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike had ordered all the local government chairmen in the state to ensure that the business was shut down in all parts of the state. He is paying them N20 million each for the job, while also giving them N2miliion for every kpofire refinery discovered.
Apart from the local government chairmen, the governor had also given a marching order to traditional rulers in the state to make sure that no part of their domain had the presence of illegal refineries.
In the last two weeks, the activities of illegal refining companies have reduced, while the soot situation has also reduced drastically.
The kpofire operators who have noticed that their business can no longer thrive in Rivers State have now decided to relocate to Oron. TNN learnt from a source close to one of the operators that Oron has now become a host town for kpofire operators.
One of the kpofire dealers, a native of Bayelsa State, but who used to own and run a kpofire refinery in the Ahoada area of Rivers State, was in Oron last week to survey the area to know exactly where to site his refinery and begin construction work immediately.