NNPC Blames Ijegun Oil Spill on Pipeline Sabotage *Says It Has Mobilised to Contain Spill

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and its midstream operator, Pipeline and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) have explained that the oil spill reported in the Ijegun area in Lagos was caused by pipeline vandals who hacked a product pipeline in the area.
The Acting Group General Manager Public Affairs Division of NNPC, Omar Farouk Ibrahim, who made this clarification in a statement made available to journalists, stated that the Ijegun area has always been very notorious for the activities of oil thieves who have incessantly hacked into pipelines with the aim of stealing products.
“We wish to acknowledge oil spill from our pipeline at the Ijegun area in Lagos and to state that the unfortunate incident is a result of pipeline sabotage by people suspected to be oil thieves. Lately, we have been experiencing a rise in the incidents of pipeline vandalism on the Ijegun section of our pipeline and doing our best to fix them as soon as they are noticed. In this month alone, we have located and fixed 73 ruptured points on that Mosimi – Ijegun – Atlas Cove line,” Ibrahim stated.
He noted that the entire stretch of that pipeline was replaced in 2010, ruling out the possibility that the rupture may have been as a result of the old age of the pipeline.
The NNPC spokesman assured that PPMC engineers have since been mobilized to the area to contain the spill, locate and fix the ruptured points.
“Despite the difficult nature of the terrain, our engineers are working relentlessly to fix the damaged line. They are doing everything to contain the spill and stop it from spreading to cause more environmental damage. We therefore call on members of the public not to go near the area for safety reasons” Ibrahim stated.
He called on members of the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement around pipelines to the law enforcement agencies and support NNPC in its fight against oil theft and pipeline vandalism, adding: “When incidents like this occur, they do not just lead to disruption in the petroleum products supply system and cause hardship for the ordinary hardworking citizens, they have long-lasting devastating effects on the environment which could affect future generations”.

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