Ibadan - The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Oyo State Command, says it successfully convicted 10 oil pipeline vandals out of the 37 suspects arrested in 2015.
The State Commandant of the corps, John Adewoye, disclosed this while presenting a crime assessment report for 2015 at the command’s headquarters in Ibadan on Wednesday.
Adewoye said those convicted were sentenced to different jail terms ranging from three to seven years.
He also said that the Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit of the Corps handled 161 cases covering land, marital, business transactions, relationships, communal and landlord/tenancy disputes.
"We completely resolved 104 cases out of the 161; 55 cases are pending while two had been closed.
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"Furthermore, the Anti-Fraud Section handled 93 cases in 2015; three cases were on land disputes, 19 on job racketeering while 71 are still being handled," he said.
"The commandant warned criminals and vandals to keep away from the state, emphasising that all the security agencies in the state were working together to ensure the safety of lives and protection of properties.
"For the New Year celebration, we have deployed officers and men to strategic locations across the 33 local government areas in the state, especially recreation centres, motor parks and praying centres," he said.
While wishing residents of the state a prosperous 2016, he called on all residents to be their brother’s keeper by volunteering useful and prompt information to security agencies to help nip crime in the bud.
Adewoye also urged the people to be careful in handling naked fire in order to prevent fire disaster, especially during this dry season.
"We must remember to switch off electrical appliances, be careful with gas cylinders, keep matches away from children and be wary of bush burning," he said.