Sola Muyideen, Ilorin
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has said it is ready to eradicate all forms of vandalism in the country.
The Kwara Commandant of the Corps, Augustine Obiekwe, said this in Ilorin while briefing newsmen on the seizure of two buses laden with 280 25 litre kegs of suspected adulterated products.
He told newsmen that on January 3, at about 11pm, the command’s Anti-vandals Unit, on their normal 24-hour NNPC pipeline surveillance patrol along Afon, Otte and Gambari in Asa Local Government Area of the state stopped an attempted vandalisation of petroleum pipeline.
“As our men were coming out of the pipeline, they saw two vehicles approaching the pipeline. Immediately the suspects saw our men, they opened fire on our men and we retaliated.
“Sensing the superiority of our arms, they abandoned their vehicles with registration number OYO AME 60 XA blue and LAGOS DB 732 FST carrying 140 jerry cans each,” Obiekwe said.
He added that investigation is still ongoing to arrest the suspects and called on the general public to assist the command with useful information to effectively combat pipeline vandals.
The Kwara NSCDC boss described the relationship of his command with that of other security agents as cordial.