Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.

 

Pipeline vandals recruited from Ondo

31 January 2013, 14:30

Ogun  - The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has alleged that the suspected vandals that destroyed NNPC pipelines at Arepo village, Ogun, were recruited from Ondo State riverine areas.

Mr Friday Ibadin, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in charge of the Inspector-General of Police Special Task Force on Anti-Pipeline Vandalism, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday.

Ibadin said that the Arepo vandals went to Ondo State for the recruitment, after losing 30 of their members to a pipeline explosion recently in Ogun.

He said that preliminary investigations into the last pipeline explosion revealed that some young men were brought to Lagos from riverine areas of Ondo State, to replace the dead members of the group.

The preference for riverine dwellers, NAN learnt, is because of their being able to swim as most of the pipelines being vandalised are in the creeks.

``One of the suspects arrested after the last explosion in Arepo, who identified himself as Computer, claimed that himself and two others were invited to Lagos on Jan.10, to work,by one Igbekorowa, (suspected ring leader of pipeline vandals).

``According to the suspect, the person that invited them did not state the nature of the job waiting for them, because they believe he is a big man, and can assist them with good jobs".

Ibadin said that the suspect claimed that the first place their leader took them to was the creeks in Ikorodu area, where he (leader) requested them to stay on the road.

``According to him, one other ring leader, identified as Wale came to the scene, while they were waiting, and a fight broke out between Wale and their leader.

"This is because Wale sent his boys to scoop fuel from the burst pipe, despite the two leaders agreement to suspend operation and deceive the police.

``He claimed it was some minutes into the fight that the police arrested them, including Wale, while Igbokorowa escaped,'` Ibadin said.

In a related development, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Command, said it had recovered 290 Jerrycans filled with petroleum products, stolen by suspected pipeline vandals.

The command’s spokesperson, Ms. Mary Bada told NAN that the jerrycans were recovered at Ijeododo area, near Festac Town, adding that the vandals escaped arrest.

According to her, the products were in 160 containers of 50 litres each, and 130 other jerrycans of 25 litres each.

NAN

NEXT ON NEWS24 NIGERIAX

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Peregrino Brimah.
Liberia: Between Ebola And the ty...

The Sirleaf reign as president, as her stint in America’s big corp, has been tainted with allegations of corruption and nepotism and now with the Ebola epidemic.  Read more...

Submitted by
MARTIN BECK NWORAH
I am sorry

There is always a point in one's life when you'll sit down,shut your outer thoughts and meditate on the things that really matter. Read more...

Submitted by
Ajayi Osahenoma
Heaven and hell

There are two place we all are heading to, Heaven or hell, these two are matters of choice. Read more...

Submitted by
Omorogbe Dan Endurance
Change dear universe

Everything that’s happening in the universe today, are happening as a result of our actions, what we are doing and what we are not doing. Read more...

Submitted by
Chidi Anyaehie
What is Faan up to?

Since the exit of the former aviation minister Stella Odua, FAAN has constituted themselves into another NCS, but that's not all. Read more...

Submitted by
SAMUEL UFOT EKEKERE
Time for change: Now or later

Even amongst people of little or no spiritual attributes, there is a strong tendency towards waiting. Read more...