Despite the inherent dangers associated with scooping fuel from burst oil pipe lines or fallen tankers, scores of youths on Thursday took over Awala Quarters in Tudun-Wada area of Gusau, Zamfara State capital to scramble for fuel from NNPC’s burst pipe.
Some residents, who spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Gusau said that they had never seen such quantity of petrol flowing freely.
They said the commodity suddenly started gushing out from the earth as early as 3 a.m on Thursday with residents taking advantage of the opportunity to fill various sizes of containers with the products until around 8 a.m when the police and men of the state fire service came around and cordoned off the scene.
Many of the residents, who pleaded anonymity expressed joy at the development, saying that the “burst is from God as succour over the current hardships we are facing.”
The Operations Manager of NNPC Depot in Gusau, Mr Shehu Isheyi, confirmed the burst but said that only his superiors in Kaduna Refinery were competent to speak on the issue.
NAN reports that the pipeline receives petroleum products from Kaduna Refinery to the Gusau depot. (NAN)