The Federal Government is committed to putting a stop to pipeline vandalism in the oil-rich Niger Delta, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources (Oil), Heineken Lokpobiri, has said.
“We are here because of the problem of pipeline vandalism.” I believe it has become an existential problem, and we need to fight them; we need to fight these criminals to submission,” Lokpobiri said on Saturday after inspecting an illegal facility in Delta State.
“What is happening here is so bad that we may not even know the implication—unless maybe when people start dying in their numbers; that’s when people will know that a few people were profiting from this crime [and we] are here to wipe all of them out.
“So, as a responsible government, we decided that we were going to put a stop to it. We’re going to work with stakeholders to ensure that we stop all this nonsense.”
Lokpobiri was accompanied by his counterpart for gas, Ekperikpe Ekpo; the Minister of Defense, Mohammed Badaru; and the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited.