Pipeline vandalism: Senate summons NNPC GMD

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The Senate on Tuesday summoned the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Mele Kyari, to appear before its Committee on Petroleum Resources,  over the spate of pipeline vandalism across the country.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, stated this after the chairman of an ad hoc committee on the explosion that rocked NNPC pipelines in Rivers and Lagos States recently, Senator Ibrahim Gobir, presented his report on the floor of the Senate.

The report had indicted unnamed officials of the NNPC, Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company and those of the firm securing the facilities of allegedly conniving with vandals to sabotage the nation. It specifically alleged that some of the officials were aware of the Komkom pipeline leakage in Rivers State, two days before the explosion but delayed in taking necessary action.

The President of the Senate wondered why officials of government would be conniving with criminals involved in vandalising oil pipelines. He said those involved should be sanctioned, arrested and prosecuted after a thorough investigation.

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