SWITZERLAND, JANUARY 20 – The Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation(NNPC), has restored operations along a vital products pipeline which was damaged in an explosion on Sunday.
A pipeline belonging to the NNPC had exploded in the Abule-Egba area of Lagos on Sunday, killing five persons. The raging fire caused panic among the residents of Abule Egba, Ile Epo and Ekoro road. Thick smoke billowed from the explosion scene.
On Monday morning, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari arrived in Abule Egba in Lagos, for on-the-spot assessment of the scene of Sunday’s unfortunate pipeline explosion.
“It’s unfortunate we lost 5 lives to this inferno, with many in critical condition in the hospitals, all due to unpatriotic acts of vandals along our Pipeline Right of Way, who make insertions into the pipelines to steal products, leading to disasters such as this,” Kyari said while speaking to newsmen on the site.
“We’re working daily with security agencies to contain this situation which portends danger for all of us. Nigerians must know that these acts of vandals are happening within communities and if they are allowed to continue, then they will eventually kill all of us!”
“We therefore need the support of every member of the community to expose the bad eggs in their midst. We are counting on Nigerians to help us resolve this as it is becoming a matter of national security concern.”
“Having shut down to contain the damage yesterday, we’ve now fully restored the line. We are now back on stream. Petroleum products are flowing all the way from Atlas Cove to Mosimi all the way to Ilorin Depot. We enjoin everyone to work with us in sustaining this,” he added