Nigeria’s National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has confirmed an oil pipeline explosion that on early Wednesday hit Arepo area of southwestern Ogun State.
The corporation had shut down the pipeline, said the NEMA’s regional spokesperson Ibrahim Farinloye.
Spokesperson for Pipelines Products Marking Company (PPMC) Nasir lmodagbe said the explosion was caused by vandals trying to siphon petroleum from the pipeline.
“We cannot confirm the level of damage and causality for now until the fire is put off, but our engineers and fire fighters are seriously working to ensure the fire is put off,” he added.
Pipeline explosions are not rare in oil-rich Nigeria.
About 300,000 barrels are said to be lost every day to pipeline vandals who steal crude by damaging facilities in the southern region. Enditem