The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has shut down crude oil flows to two of its four refineries after weekend attacks on pipelines, a company spokesman said on Monday, frustrating government hopes to start weaning the country from expensive imports, Reutersreports.
The refineries in the northern city of Kaduna and Warri, in the southern Niger Delta, were affected, said NNPC spokesman Ohi Alegbe. “We have shut down flows for now, the military are on top of the matter,” he said, without offering details of the attacks. Officials had hoped national refineries would produce up to 30 percent of its gasoline needs in the first quarter of 2016, prior to the attacks.
No group claimed responsibility for the weekend attacks, which follow last week’s arrest warrant for former militant leader turned businessman Government Ekpemupolo, known as Tompolo, as part of a crackdown on corruption.