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Nigeria gets tough on pipeline vandalism

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World Pipelines,

Concerns of a militant revival in the Niger Delta, the Nigerian government has stated that anyone who attacks the nation’s oil pipelines shall be prosecuted.

Nigerian Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, stated: “[The Nigerian] government is now fully ready to prosecute them according to the laws of the country that deal with economic saboteurs and vandalism. None of them will go free when arrested. Government will make sure that they are prosecuted and pay for the crime they committed against the nation.”

He continued, explaining: "Vandals, whatever their motives are, cannot and will not be treated with kid gloves because their actions constitute a clear and present danger to the nation's economic, social and political well-being. The attack on the Forcados Export Terminal that has affected gas production by oil firms and reduced gas supply to power generating plants and the shutdown of Utorogu gas plant are totally condemnable and cannot be allowed to continue."

Edited from various sources by Stephanie Roker 

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