NSCDC C-G warns personnel against involvement in oil theft, pipeline vandalism

NSCDC C-G warns personnel against involvement in oil theft, pipeline vandalism

By Kelechi Ogunleye, Abuja.

 

Dr Ahmed Audi, Commandant-General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has warned personnel of the corps to abstain from any involvement in oil theft and pipeline vandalism.

 

Audi gave the directive on Friday during a strategic meeting with State Commandants and Anti-Vandalism Squad leaders at NSCDC Headquarters in Abuja.

 

He said that the meeting was to address the public perception that security agencies were part of the unfortunate situation of oil theft and illegal oil bunkering across the country.

 

He said that the meeting was also aimed at unveiling the latest policy approved by the Ministry of Interior to checkmate the behaviour of NSCDC personnel in charge of oil pipelines, critical asset among others.

 

“This is with a view to stop or curtail oil theft and illegal oil bunkering,” he said.

 

The commandant-general also said warned that the corps would ensure severe punishment for any personnel discovered to be involved in sabotaging the efforts of the government.

 

“The corps will use its hammer on any personnel, no matter his or her position, that is involved in oil theft or pipeline vandalism.

 

“If you have the intent that you joined the corps to make money by collaborating with oil thieves and illegal bunkers, we urge you to resign immediately because this corps is not for you,” he said.

 

Audi said that some anti-vandalism operatives in some state commands had been found wanting in relation to oil theft, adding that a panel of inquiry had been instituted to investigate the matter.

 

“The corps has started a discreet investigation on the activities of its anti-vandalism squad,” he said.

 

He called on the anti-vandalism squad leaders to reposition the unit for better performances, commitment, loyalty and dedication to duty.

 

Audi noted that the corps, within one year, had arrested over 200 oil theft suspects, impounded over 500 trucks and clamped down over 50 illegal refineries.

 

Besides, the NSCDC chief said that the corps was determined to continue to stop and apprehend members of the public involved in oil bunkering and pipeline vandalism.

 

He reiterated that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Act 2003, as amended in 2007, mandated NSCDC is to protect government critical structures, stressing that his administration was committed to leaving up to constitutional expectations.

 

Audi appreciated the Federal Government for providing funds for the procurement of machineries used in combating the criminals, while urging the government to do more.

 

He called for closer collaboration with sister agencies, in efforts to ensure that Nigeria’s critical infrastructure and assets were adequately secured.

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