5 Suspected Pipeline Vandals Arrested by the NSCDC in Rivers State
Five suspected pipeline vandals and oil thieves have been arrested by Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Rivers State.
The suspects were reportedly arrested at a creek around Cutting Channel 2 in Okrika Local Government Area of Rivers State, when NSCDC stormed the area in search of oil thieves and illegal refining sites, Punch reports.
The Commandant of Rivers State NSCDC, Mrs. Helen Amakiri, while parading the suspects, stated that the command would not relent in its fight against oil theft.
Amakiri also added that the mandate of the NSCDC is to ensure that the pipelines are adequately protected and to prevent oil theft from occurring in the State.
“So far, we got five of them on the spot where they were tapping into the pipeline and setting up an illegal refinery,” she said. “They cannot overpower us. We will surely defeat them. We are working round the clock. The task of combating oil theft is not beyond us.”
Two of the suspects revealed that they had joined the oil bunkering business because they needed more money to take care of their families.
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