In line with its declaration of war against vandals of critical infrastructure and national assets, the Nigeria Security And Civil Defence Corp, NSCDC, has apprehended and paraded six suspected oil thieves.
Parading the suspects in Abuja on Friday, Commandant-General of the Corp, Dr Ade Abolurin, said that the oil thieves were arrested in Dobi area of Gwagwalada on the outskirt of the Federal Capital Territory while offloading a 33,000 litre truck containing stolen petroleum product.
Dr Abolurin said that the suspected vandals arrested by the Corp’s anti-vandal squad and the oil thieves would be prosecuted as soon as investigations are completed.
He, however, appealed to Nigerians to volunteer information to security agencies that would lead to the arrest of vandals and criminally minded persons.
The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, has indicted the nation’s political class for the high level of insecurity and the spate of killings and loss of property, saying their utterances and deeds have continued to unsettle the polity.
He was speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital during a courtesy call on the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, after the commissioning of an administrative block and 36 unit staff quarters at the Civil Defense College of Security Management.
The Minister pointed an accusing finger at the political class for the level of insecurity in the country, while soliciting the cooperation and support of traditional rulers in ensuring peace in the country.
The Minister also used the opportunity to deny any merger of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, NSCDC, with the Nigeria Police as being clamoured for in some quarters.
The paramount ruler, while giving assurances of his support, however, demanded the issuance of diplomatic passport for traditional rulers to further straighten the respect for traditional rulers.
Giving his goodwill message at the occasion, the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, challenged government at all levels, irrespective of party affiliation to always give ample support to security agencies in the country.
The Commandant-General of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin, said that the College of Security Management was established to provide human capital development in the security sector, as well as to reengineer and strengthen the capacity of security agencies.
The federal government has been called upon to employ multi-dimensional approach to security challenges in the country, particularly the Boko Haram insurgency in the north east as military intervention is a small part of counter-terrorism strategy.
This and some other decisions were taken at the Second Eminent Persons and Expert Group Meeting at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Jos, with the aim of looking at transforming the security sector in the country.
The experts present at the meeting include serving and retired military and police officers at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru in Jos north central Nigeria to discuss on transforming the security sector in the country.
In his key note address on ‘Situation Analysis of Nigeria’s National Security: Narratives on Threats’; Retired Major General Lawrence Onoja said that the country needs to systematically collect and analyse the past and current economic, political, social and technological data with the view of arriving at the solutions.
Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi in the paper titled, ‘Strategy for the Transformation of the Security Sector in Nigeria argued that other means should be applied in fighting terrorism as military intervention cannot solve the problem.
The experts also identified inter-security agencies relationship as a crucial factor needed in transforming the security sector as enumerated by Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Commandant General, Dr Ade Abolurin.
The Federal Government has restated its commitment to the provision of critical infrastructure in all areas of the economy, in order to fast track the development of the nation.
Addressing participants at a gathering on the protection of critical national assets and infrastructure, Vice President Namadi Sambo called on security agencies to work together in protecting the nation’s assets.
He stressed the need for a quicker resolution of court cases involving economic saboteurs and stiffer penalties for offenders.
Vice President Sambo who declared the forum open advised security agencies to step up their game in protecting the nation’s assets.
The Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo and the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Andrew Yakubu decried the vandalisation of national assets by criminally minded persons.
Although terrorism and vandalism are two major issues confronting the nation, the National Security Adviser, Col Mohammed Dasuki and the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Dr. Ade Abolurin pledged their commitment to combat the menace.
The two day event will among other issues examine strategies for the protection of Nigeria’s critical national assets and infrastructure including the role of the NSCDC in the protection of such assets.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) has discovered a severe pipeline leakage in a remote area of Abuja in a renewed effort to curb all activities related to pipeline vandalism in the country.
Kilometer 407 NNPC pipeline in Gwagwalada Area Council of Abuja has been damaged over 7 days causing severe crude oil spill and water pollution spanning over 6 villages in the area.
Commandant General of the Corps, Dr Ade Abolurin said millions of naira has already been lost with an increased risk of bunkering as the leakage is left unattended to and without intervention.
The 7 villages include Alamo, Kache, Pai and Kundu, which all share the nearby Suma River linking up to rivers Niger and Kaduna. The portions of land on the way of the leakage are soaked deep with crude, with six feet deep crude wells spilling its content.
The NSCDC chief however expressed concern that without immediate and adequate intervention, the area might become another case where bunkers take advantage of leakages to cause more damage.
The Commanding Officer of Nigerian Navy Ship Victory in Calabar; Commodore Kingdom Itoko, has paraded eight suspects arrested with over 200 drums of illegal produced petroleum products between Igbani Station and Parrot Island with a Cotonou boat in Cross River State.
Briefing journalists, the Commodore maintained that the Command’s fight against ridding the Eastern Maritime of criminal elements such as bunkering among others is being intensified.
He assured Nigerians that the waterways are safe and can go about their normal businesses as he called on the Federal Government to make job creation for youths its priority this New Year.
This is coming as the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) declared that it is re-strategizing to combat the activities of pipeline vandals in the country.
Speaking to journalists after the annual meeting with senior officers in the Corps, the Commandant General; Dr. Ade Abolurin explained that the Corps is planning to improve the relationship with other security agencies for an efficient fight against vandalism in the country.
In 2012, Nigeria witnessed several pipeline vandalisation and Dr. Abolurin promised that the Corps will learn from the mistakes of last year and refocus for the new year.
The culprits arrested according to Itoko will be interrogated and handed over to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has deployed 7,000 personnel to Ondo state to ensure smooth, free and fair process in the governorship election scheduled to hold on Saturday, the 20th of October.
The Commandant General of the Corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin said the officers who were drawn from the neighbouring states were carefully drafted for this election to ensure that all necessary security apparatus of the corps are put into action before, during and after the election.
He said they are available to ensure that all previous experiences of kidnapping of candidates, INEC officials and electoral materials, snatching of ballot boxes and other electoral vices would not reoccur this time round.
While urging indigenes to peaceful and calm during the process, Dr. Abolurin said his officers will be deployed to sensitive areas of possible contention such as polling booth, collation centers, INEC state offices and annexes, vital transport routes and routes of all returning officers from their collection centers and other potential hotspots.