Another pipeline explosion at Arepo, Ogun State, Nigeria
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation’s pipeline located at Arepo, Ogun State exploded in the early morning of Wednesday.
An official of Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), said the latest explosion might have been caused by vandals who tried to illegally siphon some of the products. He said: “The service manager of the pipeline has just confirmed to us that another round of vandalism has been observed at Arepo along System 2B in the early hours of Wednesday (yesterday). “All concerned officials have been mobilised to the area as well as the necessary resources to put off the fire, but the number of casualties could not be ascertained.”
But there are various reports of gun battles between vandals and the task force which is said to have caused the explosion.
The system 2B pipeline, according to the Managing Director of PPMC, Haruna Momoh, is a major pipeline that evacuates between nine and 11 million litres of fuel from Lagos to Ibadan, Ilorin and some parts of the North.
From September2012 there has been four fire incidents at the Arepo end of the NNPC Right of Way