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National oil company, the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), says it was able to reduce by half the attacks on its pipelines by oil thieves who vandalize pipelines and disrupt petroleum products distribution.

Corporation’s spokesperson, Dr. Kennie Obateru, disclosed in a statement that vandals struck at only 19 points along NNPC’s pipeline routes in March 2020, a notable decrease of 47% from February when they struck at 32 points along various routes.

He attributed the positive development to upscaled collaborative efforts among the NNPC, local communities along pipeline routes, and other stakeholders.

NNPC’s Monthly Financial and Operations Report for March 2020 exposed the South West and North Central pipeline routes as the hot zones where the oil vandals staged their operations in March.

According to the publication, more than three-quarters of the sabotage reported in March 2020 occurred along the Atlas Cove to Mosimi route (53%) and the route between Mosimi and Ibadan (21%).

In the North Central, attacks along the Suleja to Minna route accounted for 26 percent of the disruptions.