Price of crude oil jacked up on Friday, after the United States firedabout 60 missiles on Syria in air strike.

The attack left no fewer than six persons dead with the oil-rich region left devastated.

In response to a chemical attack on civilians in the town of Khan Sheikhoun earlier in the week, US warships launched 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Shayrat Airfield, at about 3a.m on Friday.

According to Reuters, Brat $55.77 a barrel at 9:27am Nigerian time, the highest since March 8, after reaching an intra-day high of $56.08 a barrel shortly after the overnight air strikes were announced.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 85 cents at $52.55 a barrel, having reached a intra-day high of $52.94 a barrel.