Van­dals dis­guised as NNPC of­fi­cials blow up gas pipe­line

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, Lagos

Sus­pected van­dals who dis­guised as of­fi­cials of the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC) on Tues­day blew up a gas pipe­line be­long­ing to the Nige­ria Gas Com­pany (NGC).

The sus­pects al­legedly tam­pered with one of the valves on the pipe­line, caus­ing a huge ex­plo­sion on Wed­nes­day morn­ing

There was no ca­su­alty dur­ing the ex­plo­sion which oc­curred at Ogijo, a border town in Ogun State.

The sus­pects had stormed the area in two Hilux ve­hi­cles, cam­ou­flaged as main­te­nance work­ers of the Nige­rian Na­tional Petroleum Cor­po­ra­tion (NNPC), and gained ac­cess to the pipe­line.

This ex­plo­sion came barely two weeks after the Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) threat­ened to ex­tend its at­tacks on oil fa­cil­i­ties in the Niger Delta re­gion to other re­gions, es­pe­cially the South-West.

Con­firm­ing the in­ci­dent, NEMA South-west Spokesper­son, Ibrahim Farin­loye, af­firmed that there were no ca­su­al­ties.

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