So, there has been a fire incident at Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC depot in Pogo Village, Paikoro Local Government of Niger State.

The incident happened on Sunday and the Nigerian police had to deploy armed personnel to prevent people from scooping petroleum products at the NNPC pipeline that exploded.

Following the incident, there had been fears that there could be fuel scarcity in the area as the incident could affect fuel supply.

But the corporation has assured on Monday that the incident will not affect supply of petroleum products.

Mr Luke Anele, the Managing Director of Nigerian Pipeline and Storage Company, gave the assurance while talking to journalists at the NNPC in Minna on Monday.

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He said that there was no cause for alarm, adding that the situation had been brought under control.

Anele said that the NNPC, would in the interim, embark on evacuation of the spills to ensure the safety of the environment.

According to him, NNPC has commenced an on the spot assessment to ascertain the level of damage caused by the explosion.

He did not rule out the possibility of failure in the system but dispelled the rumour making the rounds that the problem was caused by lack of maintenance.

He also gave an assurance that the company would continue to ensure constant checks of the facility to prevent a fire outbreak in the future.

“Though no life was lost in the incident, we will soon commence the rehabilitation of the tank that was gutted by fire to put it back to use,” Anele said.

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