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NSCDC arrests 47 pipeline vandals

20 November 2013, 18:34

Benin - The Edo command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) on Wednesday said it arrested 47 oil pipeline vandals between January and November.

The State Commandant, Chike Ikpeamonwu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Benin that the vandals were arrested at deferent locations across the state through the command intelligence network.

'Within one year of our operations in the state, we have been able to arrest more than 47 vandals, and also locate and destroyed seven illegal refineries in the state.

"The illegal refineries were located at Fiafia-Zion-Gbelebu, in Ovia South West; Uloke and Agbede in Etsako West local government areas of the state.

"We have also raided warehouses where illegal petroleum products are being stored and destroyed them across the state.

"Within the year in review, the command has organised training for corps members in weapon handling, counter force and intelligence gathering among others,” he said.

Ikpeamonwu said the command's anti-vandals operations have yielded positive results, noting that there was a considerable reduction in the activities of vandals and bunkers.

The commandant called for more collaboration from other security agencies in the fight against vandalism and oil theft.

He said the suspects were currently being prosecuted for the crime.

"In line with our mandate, we have organised a stakeholder’s forum with the theme: “Zero tolerance to vandalism and oil theft in the state.”

"We have also organised stakeholders' fora for private guards companies to refresh their minds on the issues of security.

"We did this because we consider them as the grassroots security operatives and there are lots to learn in the area of security," he added.

Ikpeamonwu said lack of operational vehicles was a major challenge militating against the effort on fight against vandalism and bunkering.

He thanked Governor  Adams Oshiomhole for his support, cooperation and assistance in ensuring the command carried out its activities in an enabling environment.

He also thanked the traditional rulers across the state for their support and cooperation to the command.

"We are particularly grateful to the Oba of Benin for graciously allocating a parcel of land to the command to build its own permanent office accommodation.

-  NAN


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