US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The explosion took place on Sunday in the section of the pipeline in the suburbs of Lagos – Abule-Ado. This was reported by TVC News.
According to the representative of rescue services, the explosion was felt at a distance of 15 km from its epicenter. According to eyewitnesses, the explosion was of such a force that several nearby houses collapsed, a major fire started. Information on possible victims is not given.
According to TVC News, criminal structures that steal and process oil in clandestine industries may be involved in the destruction of the pipeline section.
As The Nation newspaper reported in November last year, citing a report by the Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), the loss of this country’s oil industry, which is the largest oil producer in sub-Saharan Africa, resulted in $ 41.9 over the past 10 years billion.
According to NEITI estimates, from 2009 to 2018, the country lost $ 38.5 billion as a result of the theft of crude oil intended for export, another $ 1.56 billion due to theft of crude oil in the domestic market, and $ 1.8 billion due to theft of products. oil refining. On average, Nigeria is losing $ 11 million per day ($ 4.2 billion per year) due to oil theft.
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