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
"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
"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
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
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