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Pipeline Vandals, NNPC Staff Work Together – NUPENG

Posted: Feb 22, 2016 at 7:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Tony Ademiluyi, Lagos

The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to wield the big stick on oil and gas facilities.
He called on the federal government to impose tougher penalties against petroleum pipeline vandals, noting that the punishment for vandalism of petroleum pipelines is weak and this encourages vandals, who connive with government workers to sabotage the economy.
Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, South-West Chairman of NUPENG, gave the charge in an briefing with newsmen in Lagos on Monday, February 22, 2016, disclosing that many pipeline vandals acted with impunity because they were sure of regaining their freedom soon after their arrest by security agents.
Korodo said: “As the chairman of NUPENG, South-West, I have led a team to arrest pipeline vandals but when I realised that, after few months, the vandals would come back as free men, I withdrew.
“They used to come and meet me and would say: Chief, we know where your children are schooling; we know your wife’s shop; if you leak our secret again, we will kidnap them.”
He also alleged that some staff of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were collaborating with the vandals to siphon petroleum products, stating that: “If Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) pumps 500,000 litres of petroleum, it would be very hard to receive 50,000 litres out of it. About 450,000 litres would be siphoned by these vandals.”