THE Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation suffered another setback as pipeline vandals struck in the early hour of Tuesday morning on February 9, bursting product pipeline in the Arepo area of Ogun State. As at the time of this report fire and billows of dark smoke were still coming out from the Area.
Ohi Alegbe, who confirmed the incident to Realnews, this afternoon also said that the Corporation is already moving into the area to stop the fire.
This is the second time in last three weeks vandals attacked Arepo pipelines. The last time about three trucks of PMS were evacuated from the scene although much more could have gushed out before it was stopped by NNPC officials.
On Thursday, February 4, pipeline vandals laid ambush on the Anti Pipeline Vandalism Joint Task Force, JTF, in Arepo killing three operatives. The operatives were suspected to be naval personnel.
The incident occurred barely 24 hours after the Joint Task Force, comprising the Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Army and the National Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, had launched series of attacks at the pipeline vandalism syndicate in the area, which led to series of arrest and startling discoveries.
It would be recalled that similar incident occurred last year, where six operatives were killed by vandals with their bodies yet to be recovered. This is coming on the heels of the continued disappearance of security operatives assigned to patrol the area.
With the renewed pipeline attacks on Arepo pipelines, the return of the Niger Delta militants bursting pipelines in the Escravos and continuous bombing of pipelines in the area, the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government has a huge task ahead of it of curbing the ugly trend and ensure it does not affect fuel supply situation in the country.
— Feb 9, 2016 @ 18:10 GMT