Other deadly fires caused by incidents involving oil pipelines since 1998:

October 18, 1998: 1,082 people die and hundreds are injured at Jesse, in the southeastern state of Delta, in a pipeline explosion.

June 25, 1999: 15 people are burnt alive in a pipeline explosion at Akute-Odo in southern Nigeria.

February 7, 2000: 17 die in a fire started at a pipeline near Ogwe, in the east of Abia state.

March 20, 2000: At least 50 are burnt alive when a pipeline  blows up near Isioma, in southwestern Abia state.

June 21, 2000: 28 people die in a fire caused by a pipeline  explosion at Okuedjeba, near the southern Warri oilfield.

July 11, 2000: Nearly 300 people die at Warri, Delta state, in a  fire caused by a pipeline explosion as they were illegally  collecting fuel.

July 23, 2000: At least 40 are killed when a pipeline blows up  at Afrokpe village near Sapele in the Warri area. About 15 more die  the next day in a second blast in the same area.

November 30, 2000: About 60 are killed when a damaged pipeline  explodes near the port of Lagos where hundreds of people were illegally collecting fuel.

July 2001: Refineries at Kaduna, northern Nigeria, and Warri are  closed down after an "explosive item" damaged a pipeline in the  southern Kpokpo Bay.

November 5, 2001: 15 people die and several sustain severe burns in a pipeline blow-up caused by an oil leak at Umudike, in the southeastern state of Imo.

September 29, 2002: Several people die and many more are injured at Akute-Odo in southern Ogun state as a pipeline they had vandalised to pilfer oil blows up.

June 19, 2003: At least 105 villagers are killed by a pipeline  explosion in Abia state where they were trying to collect petrol.