Arepo Residents Worried About Oil Thieves


Residents of Arepo, a fast growing community along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway have  called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the stealing of petroleum products  from oil pipelines that pass through the community.

Arepo village, which houses many estates, including the popular Journalists Estate   has become an abode for oil thieves who regularly damage the Nigeria National  Petroleum Corporation pipeline to steal fuel.

This illegal activity has reached such an alarming scale that it has become a  looming catastrophe and health hazard to residents, with the smell of fuel in the  air almost permanently.

The fear of a fire outbreak is real, as it had once happened in the past during  which people were burnt to death. Residents say they fear for their lives and their  properties are now endangered.

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They called on the Federal Government and the Inspector General of Police, to put a  stop to this illegal act, while the NNPC should be up to its responsibility and  repair the damaged pipes and possibly post permanent guards to the area. The  residents added that NNPC’s inability to secure its oil pipes gives the impression  that the corporation’s officials might be colluding with the bunkers to siphon fuel  illegally from the pipelines.

— Kazeem Ugbodaga

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