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Nigerian pipeline fire burns for two days

31 August 2012

Local media reports that a Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) pipeline located at Arepo near the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has been burning fiercely for two days. 

According to officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the fire started on the night of August 29 following a gun battle between NNPC security men and unidentified individuals suspected to be pipeline vandals.

Efforts by NEMA officials to get to the scene of the incident to ascertain the extent of damage have been hampered by the swampy nature of the area, which has made access to the fire difficult, but plans were in hand to extinguish the blaze late on August 31.

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