NSCDC Arrests Suspected Vandals, Seizes 36 Kegs Of Petrol in Lagos

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested some suspected pipeline vandals and seized 36 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit also known as petrol in Lagos State.

NSCDC spokesman in the state, Abolurin Oluwaseun Olumide, disclosed the arrest via a statement obtained by Channels Television on Friday.

He said the Divisional Officer of Badagry, Akinyemi Rasheed Ayodeji, led the operation, adding that the suspected vandals took to their heels on sighting the security operatives when they were about perfecting their act.

“The gallant marine and anti-vandal team, who intercepted the suspected vandals at the Badagry Division, discovered some thick nylons (white colour ) wrapped with sacks loaded with unknown quantity of litres of petrol, numbering four eight (48) in quantity and another thirty six 30 litre kegs loaded with (PMS), which the vandals intended to cart away around Mangoro creek along Iya’fin waterways heading towards the Republic of Benin,” the statement read.

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“The Commandant has immediately ordered the anti-vandal unit of the command to evacuate the suspected products back to the Lagos State Command, Head Quarters, in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, in a bid, to carry out further investigation.”

To avoid further destruction of pipelines in the state, the Lagos NSCDC Commandant, Eweka Okoro directed that the security of lives and properties and the protection of oil pipelines in the Badagry Division and other oil pipeline areas be beefed up immediately.

Okoro said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) office in the state has also been contacted for proper evacuation of the products due to its highly inflammable nature.

The NSCDC boss also reiterated the command’s commitment to ensuring a zero tolerance against oil pipeline vandalism and other forms of criminalities.

He assured Lagos residents of his unflinching commitment and dedication towards sustaining the already established peace and security in the state.

According to him, promised the NSCDC will continue to work assiduously and laboriously, with the government and other security agencies and stakeholders to tackle insecurity.

NSCDC Intercepts Tanker Loaded With Illicit Petrol In Kwara

 

The Kwara State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has intercepted a tanker loaded with petrol illegally drawn from the NNPC pipeline at Laduba Village in Asa Local Government Area of the state.

Men of the NSCDC were on patrol on Friday when they ran into the tanker drivers perpetrating the illegal act.

According to the state NSCDC Commandant, Iskil Makinde, the men equally wanted to vandalise the pipeline before they were intercepted.

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The drivers were said to have attempted to run away with the tanker but the vehicle tumbled in the process, after which the drivers took to their heels.

Makinde warned vandals to stop their acts, stressing that the command is prepared to go any length to protect critical national assets.

NSCDC Arrests Motorcyclist Over Attempted Kidnap Of Students In Katsina

Katsina State is in northwest Nigeria.

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a 35-year-old commercial motorcyclist in connection with an alleged attempt to kidnap two pupils in Katsina State.

The suspect identified as Abdurrashid Mohammed of Unwalar Jangefe quarters in the state capital was arrested on Thursday and handed over to the operatives of the Katsina Command of the NSCDC.

In a press briefing held at the Command Headquarters, Katsina, the NSCDC Spokesman, DSC Mohammed Abdara explained that the suspect was arrested by an officer who was on official assignment at the Katsina Family Support Program Primary and Secondary School while trying to pick up the two pupils from the school.

Unfortunately, the suspect was intercepted by the father of the two pupils and reported to the command through the officer that was stationed at the school.

Abdara asked parents and schools managements to always remain vigilant especially with the recent security challenges facing the state, advising that school entrance points should always remain shut to avoid contact with criminal elements.

Parents and caregivers were also advised to make sure that they pick their wards themselves or assign trustworthy persons to pick them up after closing.

“Some schools even use identity cards meant to identify who will be coming to claim or pick up the children,” DSC Abdara also suggested.

Meanwhile, the suspect, Abdurrashid Mohammed, in an interview admitted that he was sent by someone to pick the children.

Suspected Vandals Flee As Security Operatives Intercept Four Petrol Tankers In Lagos

NSCDC Commandant in Lagos, Okoro Eweka briefs journalists on the arrest of some suspected vandals in the state on August 20, 2021.

 

Security operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigerian Navy have intercepted four petrol trucks in Baruwa, Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State.

The suspected vandals were caught in the act in the wee hours of Friday. They loaded one of the four trucks with products and escaped from the scene.

While confirming the development during a press conference on Friday, NSCDC Lagos Commandant, Okoro Eweka warned vandals to stay clear as the corps has been repositioned for better performance to protect government physical infrastructures.

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“These vehicles are purported vandalised vehicles used to vandalise the Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) trucks on the right of way. They were caught at exactly 2:00 am this morning by our eagle-eyed officers in conjunction with the Navy,” he said.

“They were caught in the act of vandalisation. One of the trucks is fully loaded, the other three are empty. Upon sighting our men, they all ran away and escaped.”

When asked what Nigerians should expect of the intercepted trucks, the NSCDC commandant said the service would ensure that the fleeing suspects were apprehended and prosecuted.

Eweka reiterated the commitment of the NSCDC in fighting insecurity, noting that its Commandant-General, Ahmed Abubakar Audi is determined to protect all critical government infrastructures.

Akwa Ibom Wedding Disrupted As Stray Bullet Hits 15-Year-Old Girl

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A map of Akwa Ibom, a state in south-south Nigeria.

 

 

A marriage ceremony in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State ended in disarray on Saturday after a 15-year-old guest was hit by a stray bullet.

The incident followed an accidental discharge by an official of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) drafted to provide security at the event.

The victim, Veronica Kufre, is receiving treatment at the intensive care unit of a private clinic in the capital of the oil-rich state after three hospitals had refused to admit her.

It was gathered that the incident occurred at Nsukara community, near the University of Uyo main campus during the rush for drinks and food at the ceremony.

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“Trouble started when the two security officers had joined other guests to help themselves with food. Unfortunately, the firearm was still in his hands when the sudden discharge occurred and sent the couple and other guests scampering for safety,” an anonymous source narrated to Channels Television on Sunday.

“But one of them was quick to redirect the nozzle of the gun to the ground and pumped the rest of the bullets in. However, the fragments had already hit the victim who was close to the security official.

“At first, we thought it was the usual gunshots that security officials would fire during burial, wedding, and other ceremonies to keep the place lively. But when the young girl collapsed to the ground with blood spill, we discovered the devil was at work to kill our joy,” he added.

An NSCDC spokesman in the state, Ukeme Umanah told Channels Television in a telephone conversation that information regarding the incident was still sketchy.

He, however, said that the State Commandant of the Corps, Abidemi Majekondunmi, had immediately activated the system structures to verify what happened, noting that the victim is in a very stable condition.

He assured that the NSCDC will release an official statement on the issue as soon as the investigation is completed.

Banditry: NSCDC Deploys Special Forces To Protect Schools

 

The Kaduna State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has launched a Rapid Response Squad that will be deployed to secure vulnerable schools across the state from being attacked by bandits.

Speaking at the official inauguration and deployment of the special forces on Wednesday, the NSCDC Commandant in the state, Godwin Miebi, said the setting up of the squad is a deliberate strategy to support the Safe School Initiative, introduced by the Commandant General of the Corps, Ahmed Abubakar.

With banditry and abductions now becoming the order of the day, there have now been several calls to intensify security in the state and the nation at large.

According to the Kaduna State Security Incidents Report for the Second Quarter of 2021, there have been a total of 222 deaths, resulting from violent attacks, communal clashes and reprisals in the past year.

A total of 774 persons have also been kidnapped.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has lamented the spate of insecurity.

According to him the level of insecurity has brought about major suffering for residents, which he regrets.

“As Governor of the state, it is a matter of profound regret for me that our considerable investments in security are yet to manifest in the defeat or the considerable degradation of the criminals,” the governor said at the event on Tuesday.

“The data on security incidents in the state during the second quarter of 2021 reflects the real agony of our citizens and communities, their pains and losses, and the fears and anxiety that have created considerable distress”.

Speaking further, he called on the Federal Government to launch simultaneous operations across all the seven states of the northwest and Niger State as part of measures to contain the activities of bandits who have made life unbearable for the residents of the zone.

He also noted that the state government is already considering an unconventional approach to tackle the security problem bedeviling the state, since there are no much booths on the ground to be deployed to most of the ungoverned spaces that have become vulnerable to attacks.

With banditry and abductions now becoming the order of the day, President Muhammadu Buhari has yet again, reiterated his administration’s resolve to tackling all forms of insecurity in the country, vowing to deploy all resources to making the West African nation safe from threats.

The Nigerian leader spoke on Tuesday when he hosted members of the National Assembly to a dinner at the State House Conference Centre in Abuja.

‘‘In the circumstances, we must do everything within our power, without consideration of distractions, to put an end to their activities and bring them to book,” Buhari told the lawmakers while admitting that many people take to crime due to diverse reasons including promotion of some “discredited” ideologies.

‘‘We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted from this objective, or waver in our commitment, and I am confident that together we will triumph in our present efforts.’’

NSCDC Arrest Two Suspects In Possession Of 173 Parcels Of Cannabis Worth Millions

 

Two suspected drug peddlers have been arrested by officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) in Katsina State. 

They were apprehended in Katsina at about 7:30 pm last night, in possession of 173 parcels of Cannabis Sativa worth millions of Naira.

Following credible intelligence, operatives of the NSCDC intercepted the suspects Sunday Isaac, a 59-year-old, and Salisu Hamisu, a 30-year-old, along the Kofar Kaura quarters area of Yahaya Madaki way.

Spokesman of the State Command, DSC Mohammed Abdara in a press briefing held at the command headquarters, Katsina, noted that the achievement was part of an effort to tackle all forms of crimes and criminality in the state.

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Abdara explained that a certain Gaddafi who happens to be the driver of the vehicle conveying the prohibited items is now at large.

The spokesman further disclosed that the truck was fully loaded with fish from Ogbere in Lagos State which was meant to be delivered in Daura, Katsina State, adding that it was within the wares that the cannabis was stashed.

According to the NSCDC’s image-maker, the two suspects have been handed over to the officials of the Katsina Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigations and onward prosecution.

Kidnap Of Students: NSCDC Conducts Survey, Gives New Directive To All State Commands

A file photo of NSCDC officers.

 

Following the spate of attacks and kidnapping of students in schools from different parts of the country, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has conducted a vulnerability survey of all schools in the country according to the six geopolitical zones, states, senatorial districts, and local governments.

The NSCDC Controller General, Dr. Ahmed Audi, made this revelation while briefing Corps personnel at the National Headquarters, Abuja on his policies and programs to reenergize the service.

He maintained that the Corps is saddled with some very serious mandates and that, protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure alone amounts to even greater responsibilities, and the Corps must rise to the occasion by adopting new strategies if any serious impact is to be made.

“There is a need to roll out policies and programs that will constantly boost the morale of personnel to put in their best. I will make sure that all entitlements and operational allowances for the Rapid Response Squad, Female squad, and any other assignments given to any personnel are paid so that we can prove to Nigerians that we are back again’’ Audi said.

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He further assured that very soon, all outstanding promotion arrears will be paid and personnel will have cause to smile again, adding that, in no distant time, Nigerians will start seeing the Female Squad in action.

Dr Audi also noted that the Corps is planning to work with the Federal Ministry of Education to work out modalities for providing adequate security coverage for all schools in the country to checkmate the incessant attacks and invasion of schools by bandits and kidnappers in different parts of the country.

According to him, his data showed a very high level of vulnerability of some schools in different parts of the country but he also expressed confidence that the data obtained from the survey he conducted has become a veritable tool for the Corps in carrying out this serious assignment.

He reiterated that the Female Squad he unveiled recently have been deployed to patrol different schools already. He, therefore, ordered all State Commandants of the Corps to, without any delay, set up the Female Squad in all the 36 State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.

According to CG, the safe school initiative is a project that the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola is very passionate about as it concerns the safety of our school children and he has charged him as a matter of urgency to develop a template to end this nightmare.

“This is a very serious assignment and there is a need for effective execution across the board, I shall ensure effective deployment of personnel to protect our schools and restore the confidence of students, teachers, and parents alike; the glory of our educational system must be restored because upon this lies the future of this country,” the CG said.

He gave the charge for the selection process of the Female Squad to commence immediately in all the State Commands in order to replicate what he has done at the center, while equally approving a one-month intensive training program and proper kitting of the squad in line with his vision.

Dr. Audi stated that the Corps will work in synergy with other sister agencies because synergy and collaboration is a necessary mechanism in winning the war against insecurity as no organization can work in isolation and achieve anything tangible.

He advocated for intelligence sharing among security agencies of government as a panacea to nipping crime and insecurity in the bud and also charge fellow Nigerians to assist security agencies to succeed with timely releases of credible information to help fight crime in the society.

The NSCDC boss restated his commitment to justify the creation of the Corps under his leadership and charged all the newly redeployed State Commandants to protect the mandates of the Corps in their various domains by effectively securing lives and property as well as the environment, leaving no stone unturned in all matters of security concern.

NSCDC Arrests Four Rail Vandals In Kaduna

The anti-vandal squad of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC) has arrested four suspected in connection with vandalising railway materials in Kaduna state.

The vandals were arrested with the materials by NSCDC operatives in Kafanchan, Jemaa local government area of the state.

Briefing reporters when he paraded the suspects in his office, the Commandant of NSCDC in Kaduna state, Abdullahi Nuraddeen, says his men on a tip-off stormed a railway location at Jagindi area and met the suspects vandalizing railway slippers and clips, and on sighting personnel of the NSCDC, they took to their heels.

He explains that one of the vandals was injured during the raid while another one was later arrested based on an intelligence report from an informant that a truck was sighted loading vandalized railway slippers at Dalle around Jagindi.

NSCDC Commandant, Abdullahi Nuraddeen Kaduna State

 

Two other suspects according to the Commandant were subsequently arrested at a military checkpoint as they were carrying 1,600 vandalized railway slippers and clips to where they will dispose of them.

The commandant discloses that an estimated value of the vandalized railway slippers is worth about thirty-Nine Million five hundred and fifty-two thousand naira.

He also says that the suspects are currently undergoing interrogation and effort is being intensified with a view to identifying all those involved in the vandalisation and destruction of critical national infrastructure.

NSCDC Parades Suspected Traffickers Operating Baby Factory In Cross River

 

The Cross River State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has paraded some suspected traffickers for allegedly operating a baby factory.

The security agency also paraded a suspect for raping a minor and another for selling banned substances.

The state’s commandant of the NSCDC, Majekodunmi Abidemi, explained that all arrests were made possible over intelligence reports from members of the communities where the crimes were perpetrated.

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He said over the years, the Command has built and maintained productive relationships with community informants in line with the NSCDC’s mandate to maintain a crime free state.

He called on the government, religious bodies, organisations and families to teach the younger generation good morals by imbibing in them ethics of family values and to ensure that bigger problems are not created in the society.

NSCDC Parades Suspected Marijuana Merchant In Cross River

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Cross River State Command, has paraded one suspected marijuana Merchant who was caught with three bags of contraband items at Ene Edem street, Bayside Calabar, the state capital.

Parading the suspect at the command’s headquarter in Calabar, the state’s Commandant Majekodunmi Abidemi, explained that the suspect who has been on the watch list of the Corp was trailed to the Riverside of Calabar while negotiating his deals for export to Cameron and other west African states.

The suspected dealer

The commandant disclosed that the arrest was made possible by men of the Command following a sustained intelligence monitoring by officers of the corps and other reliable information obtained by members of the community where the nefarious crime is being perpetuated.

According to the commandant, drug trafficking and addiction have become a big problem in society as it enhances criminal activities directly accounting for the rise in the wave of crimes which if not managed on time will escalate the rate of crime in the already tense society.

The contraband items

He enjoined operators of illegal businesses to apply caution as he charged the public to report criminal cases around them to ensure that the society is secured as it can regenerate to societal problems if the classes of such are not been reported.

NSCDC Arrests High-Profile Kidnapper In Taraba

 

A suspected high-profile kidnap kingpin Mohammed Gidado who has been on the watch list of security agencies in Taraba State for years has been arrested.

The arrest was made possible by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) through intensive intelligence gathering, surveillance and smart operation of officers of the state command.

He was arrested on March 28 in Jebjeb community of Karim Lamido Local Government Area of Taraba State.

The suspect was said to have attempted to commit suicide by slitting his throat but was quickly attended to and his life saved.

Parading the suspect before journalists on Thursday in Jalingo, the State Commandant of the NSCDC, Muhammed Waksha disclosed that the suspect alongside his gang members create roadblocks along the borders of Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe states where they intercept travellers and kidnap them.

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“We arrested Mohammed Gidado on the 28th of March 2021 in Jebjeb community of Karim Lamido local government area of Taraba state, it is a border community with Plateau State,” Waksha said.

“This is the area they have been causing mayhem to transporters and residents through robbery, kidnapping and cattle rustling.

“He has been in our wanted lists for so long, so, when we got him, we drove all through the night and day.

“We arrived at the state command office at about 9:00 am and while trying to enter the suspect used a sharp metal he saw in the vehicle to slash his throat and luckily we rushed him to the hospital and his life was saved.”

The suspects being paraded at the NSCDC headquarters in Jalingo on April 8, 2021.

The commandant said investigation to unravel more of the suspects is still on, adding that no culprit will escape.

While insisting that the tides of kidnappings are going down in the state with the arrest and prosecution of culprits, Waksha said the relationship with other sister security agencies is cordial and well-coordinated.

He called on residents of the state to go about their lawful businesses without any fear and should they encounter any strange happenings, let them report immediately to any security outfit close by for prompt action.

The command also succeeded in recovering stolen items from some buglers who sighted them and abandoned the properties during a night patrol.

The suspects all confessed to have committed the crimes they were arrested for and pleaded for mercy.

According to the commandant, none of the fleeing gang members will escape its dragnet as it has been spread across the state and the nation to get them wherever they are.

The suspect Mohammed Gidado blamed the devil for luring him to engage in such act.

“We kidnap and rob people of their belongings in a border community between plateau and Taraba states more often,” the suspect said.

“We are many and I heard some of our gang members were killed in a gun duel with security agencies.

“My intention to commit suicide was to avoid been further interrogated. The last set of people we kidnapped, we made a total of five hundred thousand naira from them.”

Also paraded were four others who also specialised in kidnappings, cattle rustling and armed robbery.