Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Shell shuts down pipeline in Gio after fire

27 September 2016, 06:21

Warri - Anglo-Dutch oil giant Shell on Monday shut down a major pipeline in southern Nigeria after fire broke out in its supply lines, a spokesman for the company said.

"A fire has been observed on the right of way of the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) at Gio in Ogoni land," said spokesman Joseph Obari.

"SPDC (Shell Petroleum Development Company) has shut the TNP as a precautionary measure pending the investigation," he added.

The TNP has been repeatedly attacked by vandals and oil thieves, and Shell said it would investigate whether the fire was the result of an attack by one of the armed groups that operate in the region.

"We can't really tell what the cause of the fire is," said a resident of the town of Gio, where Ogoni indigenous people live.

"All we know is that we came out from the house this morning only to see that the pipeline is on fire," he added.

Also read: Shell Nigeria refuses to confirm oil militants' attack

The Trans Niger Pipeline transports natural gas and 180,000 barrels of oil per day to an export terminal at Bonny, on the south coast.

On Saturday, the Niger Delta Avengers claimed responsibility for an attack on another major oil pipeline in southern Nigeria, breaking a ceasefire the militant group had declared a month ago.

Nigerian oil production has sunk from 2.1 million barrels a day in the first quarter to 1.7 million barrels in the face of repeated militant attacks.

Ratings agency Standard and Poor's cut Nigeria's credit worthiness this month, saying the drop in production and a restrictive foreign exchange regime were hurting the country's prospects.



Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...