Ogun - The Ogun Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has requested for more armed personnel to be deployed to Arepo village in Ogun.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the request is coming on the heels of another pipeline explosion in the early hours of Wednesday at the village.
Mr Kareem Olanrewaju, the spokesman of the NSCDC in Ogun, told NAN that the State Commandant, Mr Aboluwoye Akinwande, made the request when he visited the scene of the explosion.
``The NNPC pipeline at Arepo has again been vandalised by vandals in the early hours of today.
``The fire occurred shortly after an exchange of fire between vandals and our men at Magboro area near Arepo village.
``For now we cannot ascertain whether it is the same team of vandals that we had encountered at Arepo last week.
``We have carried out series of operations there successfully with the arrest of some suspected vandals and seizure of some exhibits,’’ Olanrewaju said.
He said the commandant was at the site for an on-the-spot assessment situation.
``In view of the incessant attacks on men of the command, more armed personnel would be deployed from the headquarters to assist in curbing the activities of the vandals.
``We have received assurance from the headquarters in Abuja that more armed personnel would be deployed to the state to enable us stem vandalism.
``Men of the NSCDC and the police have gone to clear the area for other emergency responders to move to the site to put out the fire,’’ he added.