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Niger Launches Investigation Into Sabotage of Section of Oil Pipeline to Benin, Local Media Says

Niamey, Niger - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 22.06.2024
On the night of June 16-17, a section of an oil pipeline from Niger to Benin was reportedly ruptured. The pipeline has a capacity of 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) and extends for nearly 2,000 km (1,243-mile) linking Niger's Agadem oilfield to Benin's coast.
Nigerien authorities have launched an investigation into the sabotage of a section of the oil pipeline leading to Benin, Nigerien channel Télé Sahel reported.
On the night of June 16-17, a part of an oil pipeline to Benin was reportedly disrupted, causing 370 meters of oil to leak.

"We have already gathered information and evidence on the alleged perpetrators, and all those involved will be arrested and punished according to their crime," said Governor of Niger's Zinder region, Colonel Issoufou Labo.

A man holds a flag of Niger as protesters gather during a demonstration for the immediate departure of United States Army soldiers deployed in northern Niger in Niamey, on April 13, 2024. - Sputnik Africa, 1920, 14.06.2024
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