Three officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were shot dead by suspected oil pipeline hackers in Arepo village near Lagos.
Acting Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division at the corporation, Mr. Fidel Pepple, who confirmed the incident in a statement said a Deputy Manager in charge of Pipelines Right of Way and two others, who were staff members of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC), a subsidiary of the NNPC, had gone to effect the repair of a damaged portion of the NNPC pipeline when the hoodlums opened fire on them.
The vandals were said to have been siphoning fuel from a vandalized portion of the NNPC pipeline at the weekend when fire erupted.
Pepple said a team of engineers and technicians of the PPMC, who had been dispatched to the ruptured products pipeline site, had successfully put out the fire by ensuring a complete cut-off of product supply to the pipeline from the Atlas Cove depot. He said the PPMC team was on the verge of gaining access to the damaged point to commence proper assessment of the scope of work when the vandals who had laid ambush for them opened fire from a distance, killing the three staff members and injuring scores of others.