By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
Men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ogun on Tuesday foiled the operations of pipeline vandals on the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) oil pipeline located at Ipara, Remo North Local Government Area of the state.
The NSCDC recovered five operation vandals vehicles and over 150 Jerry cans with some of them filled with petroleum.
The State Commandant of NSCDC, Hammed Abodunrin, explained that the command received intelligence reports and decided to burst the vandals.
Abodunrin noted that the vandals on sighting the NSCDC anti vandal squad, abandoned their vehicles and ran away.
“I will call them thieves instead of vandals because they have come here to steal fuel and there is no way they will steal without vandalising. They came to Ipara as early as 1am and when we heard the information, we mobilised our anti-vandal squad and busted them.
“Because they knew the terrain very well, this place is like a jungle, they escaped. They actually attempted to escape with their vehicles but after a hot chase , they had to abandon the vehicles filled with both empty and loaded Jerrycan with petroleum product.
“We are able to impound five vehicles with some products,” he said.
Abodunrin added that command was still looking for the suspects, saying that they would be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
The NSCDC boss stated that the Corps would not allow pipeline vandals to have their way in the state and country at large.
He noted that it was the resolution of the Commandant General of NSCDC, Abdullahi Muhammadu, that there would be zero tolerance to anything that would cause damage to Nigeria.
He urged the citizens to continue to give information and be cooperative with personnel of NSCDC , saying that any secured society needed the participation of the citizens.