Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) Group Managing Director, Mele Kyari, said oil thieves were after his life.
He said the discovery of about 295 illegal connections to oil pipelines has resulted in death threats to him.
Kyari was silent on who made the threats and said nothing about reporting the matter to security agencies.
He dismissed the threats as a non-issue because “every human being will die someday”.
Kyari said NNPCL destroyed thousands of illegal refineries in the last few months.
A connection to the main pipeline carrying crude to the terminal for export was also discovered, he added.
Kyari said the battle against oil thieves was yielding results as daily production has risen to about 1.4million barrels per day.