8th November, 2010
Residents of Arepo, a fast growing community along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway haveÂ called on the FederalÂ Government to put a stop to the stealing of petroleum productsÂ from oil pipelines that pass through the community.
Arepo village, which houses many estates, including the popular Journalists EstateÂ Â has become an abode for oil thieves who regularly damageÂ the Nigeria NationalÂ Petroleum Corporation pipeline to steal fuel.
This illegal activity has reached such an alarming scale that it has become aÂ looming catastrophe and health hazard to residents, with the smell of fuel in theÂ air almost permanently.
The fear of a fire outbreak is real, as it had once happened in the past duringÂ which people were burnt to death. Residents say they fear for their lives and theirÂ properties are now endangered.
They called on the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police, to put aÂ stop to this illegal act, while the NNPC should be up to its responsibility andÂ repair the damaged pipes and possibly post permanent guards to the area. TheÂ residents added that NNPC’s inability to secure its oil pipes gives the impressionÂ that the corporation’s officials might be colluding with the bunkers to siphon fuelÂ illegally from the pipelines.
â€” Kazeem Ugbodaga