The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has warned residents of Edo and Delta States to desist from buying kerosene from unauthorized outlets and dealers, saying they run the risk of buying adulterated, killer product, which is currently in the market.
This warning was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC, Dr. Levi Ajuonuma.
Ajuonuma alerted the Nigerian public on the recent vandalisation of the Warri – Benin pipeline, in which the vandals made away with kerosene adulterated with diesel and petrol, a mixture that could result in explosions and fire accidents.
“We wish to alert members of the public of the presence of adulterated kerosene in the market, especially in the Warri – Benin axis, as a result of the nefarious activities of pipeline vandals who attacked our Warri – Benin products pipeline and made away with kerosene mixed with diesel and petrol,” the statement said.
“The vandals may bring the stolen product to the market for sale to unsuspecting members of the public. Such adulterated kerosene could cause explosions and fire accidents. We appeal to members of the public to be vigilant, and desist from procuring kerosene from unauthorized dealers and outlets so as to avoid getting the adulterated products into their homes,” Dr. Ajuonuma stated.
The NNPC spokesman also charged security agencies and members of the public to ensure the protection of the pipeline network across the country, which he described as national assets, which when sabotaged could lead to product scarcity, explosion, fire accidents and loss of lives and property.
The Warri – Benin pipeline was only recovered earlier in the month, leading to the re-opening of the Benin Depot to receive products from the Warri refinery which currently functions at 60 per cent capacity.