NSCDC destroys 71 illegal refineries, arrests 501 suspected vandals in 8 months

NSCDC destroys 71 illegal refineries, arrests 501 suspected vandals in 8 months

By Kelechi Ogunleye, Abuja.


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has destroyed 71 illegal refineries and arrested 501 suspected pipeline vandals and oil thieves.


The Commandant-General (CG) of NSCDC, Ahmed Audi, disclosed this on Thursday in Abuja, at the inauguration of 93 operational vehicles for the Corps by the Minister of Interior, Mr Rauf Aregbesola.


Audi explained that the figure signified the achievements of the corps between January and August.


He noted that the specialised operational vehicles would be used to combat potential threats to national security, resulting from felonious acts.


He identified such acts as crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, smuggling, pipeline vandalism and other crimes within the coastal and offshore areas.


The C-G explained that the new vehicles would be deployed to commands and the headquarters, as well as for designated special duties.


Audi warned that any officer, who connived with criminals or compromised national security, would be made to face the wrath of the law and the corps’ Standard Operational Procedure for appropriate sanctions.


He expressed appreciation to other sister security agencies and stakeholders for their continuous collaboration and cooperation.


In his remarks, Aregbesola charged the corps to remain antagonistic to anything that posed threat to the safety and peace of Nigerians.


He said that the acquisition of the operational vehicles was a proactive step to boost efforts to address internal insecurity in the country.


“Utilise and maintain the vehicles to serve their purpose and ensure to train personnel to operate the vehicles,” he said.


The minister stressed that there were challenges of vandalism of critical assets, oil theft, banditry, insurgency, among others, which must be eliminated.


“The incessant attacks on our critical national assets and infrastructure, in particular, have become a grievous wound dangerously bleeding the nation’s economy and this must be effectively addressed, checkmated and curbed.


“We shall not relent but must remain focused to eradicate the existence of criminals, which is the essence of equipping the corps.”


Aregbesola assured the NSCDC of the Federal Government’s continuous support in repositioning it to maintain the pride of place in ensuring national security.


He called on the corps to remain steadfast, urging them to improve on their synergy with the Army, Police and other security agencies.


“NSCDC plays a complementary role, so there shouldn’t be rivalry,” he said.


The minister also called on officers and men of NSCDC to imbibe the ethics of civility, compassion and adopt good communication methods to engage citizens.


He, however, warned that being civil to citizens should not deter the corps from being firm, saying that they should particularly eschew brutality in their actions.

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