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Military team burns 6 oil vandals trucks

12 September 2012, 14:11

 Kogi - Six trucks seized from suspected oil pipeline vandals have been set ablaze by a combined team of the Nigerian Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kogi.

The News Agency of  Nigeria (NAN) reports that three of the DAF trucks were set ablaze on Wednesday at Ajogu village in Ajaokuta Local Government Area while the other  three trucks were set ablaze  in Lokoja, the state capital.

The six vehicles were set ablaze with their contents estimated at 198,000 litres.

The contents were  suspected to have been siphoned illegally at  Adogo in Ajaokuta Local Government and Osara in Okehi Local Government Area.

The Commander of the  Joint Military Task Force,  Lt.-Col. Gabriel Olorunyomi and the State Commandant of  NSCDC, Dr Christopher Oluchukwu, supervised the exercise.

Mr Tommy Kaladede, the  Maintenance Engineer at  the Lokoja Pumping Station of  PPMC,  witnessed the exercise on behalf of his organisation.

Speaking to newsmen after the exercise, Oluchukwu said  the trucks were  impounded by soldiers on Sept.  9 at a spot in Adogo village which had recently been  besieged by vandals.

He also said six suspects arrested in connection with the incident  had been handed over to his command, saying they would  be charged  to court.

Oluchukwu decried the high rate of vandalism in the state and  called  for  synergy among security agencies to check the menace.

He urged residents to help security agencies with useful information about the activities of the vandals.

The commandant described the economic loss caused by  vandals as huge, adding that their activities were also  polluting the environment and making life unbearable for  those  in  rural areas.

Kaladede, in his remarks,  expressed support for the exercise, saying the same treatment should  be meted out to any truck used to siphon oil illegally.


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