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NNPC fixes vandalised pipelines

05 June 2014, 10:46

Abeokuta - The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on Wednesday said it had fixed the pipelines that were vandalised at Arepo in Ogun and commenced pumping of fuel.

Ohi Alegbe, the NNPC Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, said the police arrested 14 suspects in connection with the incident.

"We have fixed the line. We are currently pumping fuel at the maximum capacity of the line.

"With the development things have now returned to normalcy.

"The Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) mobilised its men to site and effected repairs on the ruptured point of the pipeline after putting out the fire.

NNPC had on May 27 shut down its System 2B Pipeline due to a fire sparked off during a gun battle between suspected oil thieves and policemen.

Alegbe decried the incessant attacks on the pipelines in recent times and noted that the development had led to the death of thousands of Nigerians.

He appealed to Nigerians, particularly the communities where the pipelines pass through, to assist the government in securing the pipeline.

In a related development, the PPMC said it had repaired the vandalised pipelines in Okrika, Rivers State.

Nasir Imodagbe, spokesperson for PPMC, told newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja, that the repair was carried out immediately after the attack.

Imodagbe recalled that oil thieves hacked into a pipeline somewhere in the creek in the area on May 19 and siphoned petroleum products.

He said this led to an explosion but that the fire did not in any way affect the refinery or the PPMC Jetty in Okrika.

-  NAN

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