Nigerian NNPC officials said to be involved in pipeline vandalisation

Jul 17, 2000 02:00 AM

Reports say the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has conceded that its own officials could be involved in the vandalisation of national oil pipelines.
According to the BBC, NNPC Public Affairs Manager, Ndu Ughamadu, admitted, "It is possible NNPC officials are involved in this vandalisation. That is not ruled out. Don't forget that Jesus Christ had 12 disciples and one betrayed him."
"Our engineers have told us that vandalisation of oil pipelines take scientific process which ordinary villagers can't engage in," he added. "There must be well-placed people that have links with this pipeline vandalisation. Where they have located a pipeline, they will perforate holes and quietly, they will lay pipeline up to 1 km, where they siphon the fuel at will."
He revealed that in 1999, the NNPC recorded 497 cases of pipeline vandalisation 'and in the first quarter of this year, we have recorded about 200 cases. There are indications that it would rise to 600 if the trend continues.'
Following the huge pipeline explosion that killed around 250 villages, Delta State Governor Chief James Ibori accused the NNPC of negligence. Ibori said, during a visit to the scene of the incident, that his administration was no longer contented with the simplistic theory of sabotage. He called for an investigation to identify what he described as "high level internal conspiracy."

Source: BBC via Energy24
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