The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Friday stated that pipeline vandals and petroleum products thieves have triggered a fire outbreak on its oil pipeline along the Osisioma axis, near Aba depot in its System 2E pipeline network.
In a statement in Abuja by its Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, Ndu Ughamadu, confirmed fatalities and loss of properties in the ensuing inferno.
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Also, Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Maikanti Baru, expressed shock at the wanton willful destruction of lives and properties occasioned by the incident.
Baru prayed that God reposes the souls of the innocent ones that perished in the incident, even as he warned members of the public against tampering with oil and gas facilities many of which he said were inflammable.
He also called on host communities to create avenues to moderate criminal tendencies of a few bad eggs living among them.