Pipeline Vandalism: PENGASSAN Condemns Killing of 3PPMC Staff … threatens to withdraw its members
and Natural Gas Senior Staff Association of Nigeria (PENGASSAN) has
condemned as barbaric and unacceptable the heinous killing of three staff
of the Pipelines and Products Marketing Company (PPMC) by pipeline
vandals at Arepo, Ogun State.
workers were among those attacked by vandals while in Arepo to repair
ruptured parts of the pipelines, which was damaged by vandals in August
2012 and avert the unnecessary product scarcity that could result from
expressed its complete dissatisfaction with government’s inept attitude
to the security of the personnel sent to repair the pipelines noting that
the same vandals had attacked PPMC staff and journalists who had gone on
an assessment visit to the site when the pipeline vandalisation was first
It decried a
situation where people on national assignment to restore a strategic
asset like petroleum pipelines were left to be murdered in cold blood by
stated that it had directed its members not to make any further attempt
to repair the pipelines until the government could guarantee their safety
The union also
asked the security agencies to immediately arrest the killers of the
workers and charge them for murder stating that it would not hesitate to
order a “Stop Work for Safety” on its members in PPMC if the perpetrators
of the heinous crime were not apprehended within the next one month.
Reacting to the
killing of the PPMC staff, PENGASSAN President, Comrade Babatunde Ogun,
said that the incident was sad, as the workers were going about their
normal duties before they meant their untimely death in the hands of the
He blamed the
government and PPMC management that sent out the people without providing
enough protection and security for them.
should have known that the pipeline was damaged by criminals, who
daringly vandalise national infrastructures and would go to any length to
protect their illicit activity.
The government should have provided adequate
security for the people sent to that area. The management of the company
should not have sent the workers to that point without adequate security
backing,” he said.
Ogun said that
it was saddening from the report received that the Police were not even aware
that the workers were killed as at Sunday evening, adding that this cast
aspersion on the management of the PPMC and the security agencies.
President also called on President Goodluck Jonathan to do something
serious on both human and infrastructural security situation in the
repeatedly challenged government on the need to justify their security
votes by providing security of lives and property of all Nigerians. A
situation where government seems to have yielded space to all forms of
criminals and terrorist to abridge the right to life of Nigerians is
simply and totally unacceptable.”