Seven oil thieves killed in Nigeria oil jetty fire
19 May 2014
Seven people died on May 19 after an explosion and fire which occurred at the Okrika, Port Harcourt jetty of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). Scores of others were said to have suffered severe burns, according to the Nigeria Tribune. The incident happened while vandals were siphoning oil from pipelines belonging to NNPC at the jetty in the Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The Chairman of the local government area, Tamunu Williams, confirmed the incident and said the incident is was a result of oil thieves, who were siphoning oil from NNPC pipelines.
NNPC Executive Director (Services), Mr Ralph Ugwu, also confirmed the incident, and said, according to the Nigeria Tribune, that nemesis had caught up with the pipeline vandals, as their boat had exploded and caught fire.
“The incident has no impact on our operations whatsoever and, on our own side as NNPC, there is no casualty and the incident has no impact on our refining operations or on our jetty operations,” he said.