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Oil thieves set Agip pipeline ablaze

Suspected oil thieves set fire to an oil pipeline belonging to Italian oil giant Agip at Ubeta community in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers, a border town with Bayelsa.

The field is operated by Nigeria Agip Oil Company, a subsidiary of Italy’s Eni.

A community source, who participated in a Joint Investigative Visit (JIV) to the burnt facility, told NAN that the fire, which broke out on Sept. 20 had been contained.

He said the fire, which was ignited in the early hours of Sept. 20, was finally put off on Sept. 22 by a fire-fighting team.

He said the JIV report concluded that the fire was caused by vandals.

Vandalism of pipeline installations is rampant in the Niger Delta.

Ms Marilia Cioni, Regional External Communications Advisor in charge of sub-Saharan Africa at Eni, said the company would soon speak on the incident. 

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