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By NBF News
Listen to article The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has decried the unending incidences of pipeline hacking and product theft  currently posing great danger to the efficient distribution and supply of petroleum products in some parts of the country.

Speaking against the backdrop of the recent line break in Ije-ododo community in Ojo Local Government Area of Lagos State, the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mr Andrew Yakubu, stated that if left on check, the nefarious activities of pipeline marauders could cripple the smooth operation of the downstream sector of the industry.

Yakubu who declared open the 3rd Triennial Delegates Conference of the Petroleum and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association (PENGASSAN) in Abuja, noted that less than one week after the vital system 2B was restored after extensive repair work on the ruptured Arepo point, the Corporation has been compelled to shut the line owing to Monday's attack on the Ije-ododo point.

Giving details of the vandalism, Yakubu said “we had over 774 break points since August 2012 from Atlas Cove to Ilorin depot. Between Atlas Cove and Mosimi depot, we recorded 181 break points, from Mosimi to Ibadan, we had 421 ruptured points and from Mosimi to Ore, we recorded 50 vandalised points. Also between Ibadan and Ilorin we had a total of 122 break points.''