The Group Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari has revealed that illegal pipelines are connected to some individual homes, churches and mosques.
Kyari made this known during a weekly ministerial briefing at the State House in Abuja.
A network of vandals is collaborating to steal petroleum products, he said.
The NNPC boss also noted that everybody is involved.
"There is no way you will take products, bring them in trucks in populated neighbourhoods, load them, and leave without everybody else knowing about it.
“When a fire outbreak happened in one of our pipelines, we discovered that some of the pipelines were actually connected to individuals’ homes. And not only that, and with all sensitivity to our religious beliefs, you know, some of the pipelines and some of the products that we found, are actually in churches and in mosques,” Kyari said.
According to Kyari, the group is considering creating a company to manage pipelines for commercial purposes.