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Vandals Rupture NNPC Pipeline In Ogun

Posted: May 7, 2015 at 5:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Laide Raheem /  Abeokuta


A gang of pipeline vandals have ruptured a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline in Ogun State located along the Abeokuta-Ogbere highway in their attempt to siphon fuel.

The impact of the incident which occurred in the early hours of Tuesday was not too damaging as a result of timely intervention of security operatives and officials of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC.

When Daily Independent visited the site of the crime in company of men of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), led by the Command’s Spokesperson, Kareem Olanrewaju, instruments left by the vandals like chisel, cutlasses and jerry cans used siphoning fuel still littered the scene.

The heavy downpour on Tuesday prevented what would have been a devastating fire outbreak.

Ogun State NSDC spokesperson said that pipeline vandalism was rampant in the area, adding that the corps has been preventing similar incidences for a long time.

He said he got information of the incident around 3 a.m. and the Command quickly dispatched men to the scene and also informed the authority of NNPC to shut the flow from their station to prevent further loss of petroleum product. Sensing danger, the vandals abandoned the site and fled.

“This place has been having incessant attacks of vandalism. We have tried to reduce it and for some time there was no report of incident here.

“About 3a.m. early in the morning, I received a call and immediately we dispatched our men. The vandals ran away and our men took charge of the scene with petrol gushing out.

“We contacted the NNPC to shut the flow from their station first to prevent further loss of products and as you can see their men are about finishing repairing the damaged pipe,” he said.