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Oil Thieves Threatening My Life, Says NNPCL GMD

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Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, yesterday said oil thieves were after his life.

He said the discovery of about 295 illegal connections to oil pipelines has resulted in death threats to him.

Kyari was silent on who made the threats and said nothing about reporting the matter to security agencies.

He dismissed the threats as a non-issue because “every human being will die someday”.

Kyari said NNPCL destroyed thousands of illegal refineries in the last few months.

A connection to the main pipeline carrying crude to the terminal for export was also discovered, he added.

Kyari said the battle against oil thieves was yielding results as daily production has risen to about 1.4million barrels per day.

Also yesterday, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa, said the anti-graft agency was investigating the crude oil theft.

Independent Corrupt Practices and other related Offences Commission (ICPC) Chairman, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye (SAN), said Nigeria was losing about 60 per cent of its revenue to bad agreements.

The trio spoke at a one-day Legislative Transparency and Accountability Summit organised by the House of Representatives Committee on Anti-Corruption.

Kyari, however, said not all the 700,000 barrels of crude lost daily was stolen.

He said NNPCL engaged private security firms to police the pipelines in collaboration with other security agencies.

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