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Vandals stall pipeline repairs at Arepo

07 September 2012, 15:05

Ogun -  An official of the Pipelines Products Marketing Company (PPMC), said on Friday that vandals have continued to stall repair work on the company's vandalised petroleum products pipelines at Arepo, Ogun, near Lagos.

The top management official disclosed this  in Lagos.

He said that two of the company's technical personnel who were carrying out repairs on the pipelines on Thursday were attacked by the vandals.

``We planned to fix the damaged pipelines to restore the pumping of petroleum products into the system, but our staff were attacked and they are currently receiving treatment.

``Two technical personnel and a management staff who were carrying out the repairs were injured by the vandals who exchanged gunshots with security personnel,’’ the source said.

He said that the PPMC staff sustained injuries when the vandals engaged men of the security agencies in a shoot-out.

The official explained that security personnel were deployed to the area to provide security cover and to also enhance the restoration of effective pumping of petroleum products.

The source, however, assured that the PPMC personnel would now continue with the repair work on the damaged pipelines at the weekend.

The PPMC, a subsidiary of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), shut down its System 2B petroleum products network lines on Aug. 31 due to a pipeline explosion that occurred at night on Aug. 30 at Arepo.


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