In discussing pipeline incidents in Nigeria, pipeline vandalism, illegal bunkering and oil theft are usually the point of focus. Hooligans, sometimes aided by the very people meant to protect the pipelines, cross lines, and rupture pipelines to scoop oil for illegal refining or sale to international syndicates operating as pirates on the high seas. These pipeline incidents have led to loss of lives and property across Nigeria. Typically, locals around the ruptured pipeline rush out to scoop the petroleum products as soon as they are informed that a pipeline has been ruptured.
The chart is derived from data for pipeline incidents (Vandalism and Rupture) in Nigeria, as recorded by the NNPC, between 1999 and 2018, in the major depots, Gombe, Kaduna, Mosimi (which is in Sagamu, Ogun State), Warri and Port Harcourt. Vandalism is more common in the Niger Delta regions of Port Harcourt and Warri, and while we are a long way from the highs of pipeline attacks between 2006 and 2007, and again in 2016, incidents began to rise sharply in 2018..