THE frequency of pipeline vandals siphoning fuel has become a source of worry. One of the seven tankers involved in a recent raid, however, caught fire while stealing from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation facility passing through Ayobo, a suburb of Lagos.
Bursting oil pipelines to siphon petroleum products has become inexorable with the country’s management of the Downstream and Upstream of the oil sector. The vandals carefully choose the location of the facility to attack. Quite often, the targeted facilities are in bushy areas, or in swampy terrain, thus making it difficult for their acts to be easily noticed and the culprits arrested. But this was not the case with the vandalised Ayobo facility. The spot is in an open terrain, filled with jerrycans, and close to a community with residential duplexes overlooking the scene of the crime.
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