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.

Pipeline Leaks In Lagos Community After Suspected Vandalism

The scene of the pipeline leakage in Ikotun area of Lagos State.

 

There was panic in the Ikotun area of Lagos State on Friday following the leakage of the Atlas Cove-Mosimi system pipeline channel.

The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), and the State Fire and Rescue Service, confirmed the incident.

According to the emergency rescue team, the heavy flow of Premium Motor Spirit was caused by suspected vandalism and bunkering in the early hours of the day.

The Director of the State Fire Rescue Service, Adeseye Margaret, said the PMS was gushing out from the pipeline and the contents had travelled through drainage systems to Igando/Idimu roads and some areas in Alimosho.

She explained in a statement that the vandalised pipeline has been repaired by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Maintenance Team and the entire area blanketed by the LASEMA Response Unit and the Lagos State Fire Service.

Meanwhile, all first responders are at the scene of the incident and other affected areas to avert any disaster.

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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.

FG Recommends Charging Railway Vandals With Manslaughter

Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi.

 

The Federal Government is set to go hard on railway vandals as it has recommended charging the culprits for manslaughter.

The Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, who gave this recommendation during the weekly ministerial media briefing at the statehouse on Friday, argued that stricter enforcement of the law on vandalism would bring to a halt frequent theft of rail tracks and the consequent loss of lives.

Meanwhile, the transport minister further announced that Nigeria and China have signed a contract to locally manufacture train coaches in five years.

He said an agreement has also been signed for the Chinese to build a factory that would be commissioned by December 2021 as well as a university in Daura, Katsina state to help localize railway technology.

According to the minister, 300 Nigerians have currently been sponsored to understudy rail technology in China.

He further disclosed that the Kaduna – Kano railway is billed to be flagged off in two weeks while vowing that the Lekki Deep Seaport will be completed before the end of the current administration.

The Nigeria Police had last week, arraigned suspected railway vandals at the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

While 18 out of the 30 suspects appeared in court, Justice Nehizena Afolabi adjourned the trial to July 7 for hearing and ordered that all suspects appear on the next date.

The police charged the suspects for conspiracy, economic sabotage, and terrorism while the lawyer of the Chinese national is charged for aiding, facilitating, and abetment of terrorism for offering a bribe to the police to aid the escape of his client.


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Police Arraign Railway Vandals In Nasarawa

 

The Nigeria Police today arraigned suspected railway vandals at the Federal High Court sitting in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

18 out of the 30 suspects earlier arrested were in court on however Justice Nehizena Afolabi adjourned the trial to July 7 for hearing and ordered that all suspects appear on the next date.

The police are charging the suspects for conspiracy, economic sabotage, and terrorism while the lawyer of the Chinese national is charged for aiding, facilitating, and abetment of terrorism for offering a bribe to the police to aid the escape of his client.

The police prosecutor Bale Nimnan said the Force is not treating the case with laxity.

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“We have made arrests, we have investigated and we have charged. So we can’t just come to court without anything on the ground. The matter has been investigated, we believe we have a case that is why we are in court. We have a case and we will prove it.

“The President is trying to build formidable rail tracks and some Nigerians in collaboration with other foreign Nationals and companies are sabotaging our efforts. We have a case and we will prosecute diligently,” Nimnan said.

On his part, counsel to some of the defendants, Innocent Lagi said he is hoping for success.

“We hope that through this process both the system and everybody is given an opportunity for justice.

“An allegation remains an allegation until it is proven. We are hoping that the high-sounding allegations are not taken as proved. So we are looking forward to a trial and we are hoping that at the end of the day that we will succeed,” Lagi stated.

Over 300 Sacks Laden With Petrol Intercepted In Ogun

 

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has intercepted over 300 sacks of Petroleum Motor Spirit in Ogun State.

Channels Television learnt that the petrol products were said to have been siphoned from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Right of Way, along Ganwun in Wawa, Ifo Local Government Area of the state by vandals.

Confirming the incident, NSCDC Commandant in the state, Ahmed Abodunrin said the over 300 sacks, with a volume of approximately 100 litres per sack, was found afloat on Ogun River waters.

According to him, the discovery was made possible after a distress call received by the anti-vandal unit of the corps.

While reiterating the willingness of the Corps to maintain 24-hour monitoring and surveillance of the NNPC Right of Way in the state, Abodunrin warned unrepentant vandals to steer clear of the pipelines to avoid facing the full wrath of the law.

He noted that items recovered from the scene include a white Ford bus with registration number Lagos, KTU 607 XK and jerry can with petroleum products.

Although the vandals are at large, the state commandant promised a thorough investigation to unravel the perpetrators of the crime.

He, however, solicited for more collaboration with sister agencies and members of the public to save the country from wanton destruction of public assets.

Police Arrest Two Suspected Pipeline Vandals In Ogun

 

The Ogun State Police Command has arrested two suspected pipeline vandals along Simawa road in the region of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) camp.

Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirmed the arrest in a statement on Tuesday.

He disclosed that the suspects were nabbed by officers attached to the RCCG Divisional Headquarters.

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According to Oyeyemi, the accused persons — Tunde Ramoni and Yinka Olufowobi — ran out of luck when policemen were on routine patrol in the area.

The statement said, “The two suspects were sighted in a blue Toyota Camry car with registration number RC 862 AAA loaded with petroleum product in sacks.

“On sighting the police, they made an attempt to escape but they were hotly chased and apprehended.”

The command’s spokesman explained that upon interrogation, the suspects confessed that they were coming from Oloparun Village via Ogijo, where they used to get the product from a vandalised pipeline in collaboration with other accomplices living in the area.

He added that the Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama, has ordered the immediate transfer of the suspects and exhibit to Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) for further investigation, with a view of apprehending other accomplices.

Police Arrest Suspected Telecom Vandals, Human Traffickers In Ekiti

The suspected vandals paraded by the Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, in Ekiti State.

 

The Ekiti State Police Command has arrested suspected vandals of telecommunication facilities in its efforts to rid the state of criminal elements.

Confirming the arrest to Channels Television, the Commissioner of Police, Asuquo Amba, said the telecommunication equipment was recovered in a vehicle suspected to have been stolen.

According to him, some suspected robbers were apprehended after dispossessing their victim of N40,000 at a gun-point.

“These suspects were arrested with a single barrel gun with 5 live cartridges. The suspects during a raid succeeded in carting away the sum of N40,000 from their victim but not without a varying degree of machete cuts.

“The interesting part of this arrest is that we were able to recover 32 heavy duty batteries. These heavy-duty batteries were those used as back-ups for some of our telecommunication services.

“We also found on the suspects, one pumping machine, iron bending bars that were used to gain access into the places that they went to burgle at the service provider’s site,” he stated.

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Exhibits recovered from the suspects include a single barrel gun with 5 live cartridges, one Toyota Previa space bus, one Nissan Primera car,  32 heavy duty batteries, one pumping machine, iron bending bars.

Also arrested alongside were suspected human traffickers trying to recruit some teenage girls into prostitution in neighbouring Ghana and Togo, a crime which prompted the Commissioner of Police to urge parents to closely monitor their children by knowing their whereabouts.

 

Dickson Suggests Motorcycle Patrol To Police In Bayelsa

Dickson Recommends Police Motorcycle Patrol Unit In BayelsaBayelsa State Governor, Seriake Dickson, has called on the Nigeria Police to set up a motorcycle patrol unit in a bid to extend its dragnet to all nooks and crannies of the state.

Dickson suggested the new move in the fight against crime and criminality in the state, while receiving the new Commissioner of Police, Mr Asuquo Amba, and his entourage in Government House, Yenagoa.

While assuring Amba of his administration’s total support in his efforts to make Bayelsa state crime-free, the Governor called on the Police to “flush out criminals, kidnappers, pipeline vandals, cultists and their sponsors”.

“It is necessary to make Bayelsa State the safest state in the country,” he said.

He also cautioned against the politicisation of security-related issues in the state, stressing that the matters of security should be treated strictly without any political undertone.

The Governor urged the State Command of the Police to collaborate with other security agencies in the state towards sustaining the existing peace, as a peaceful and stable atmosphere is paramount to attracting investments and development.

“You have a crop of dedicated and well-meaning officers and men in this command and we are proud of the work they do, so you have our support.

“The only thing I always say when Police Commissioners come is that, in Bayelsa we don’t condone politicisation of crime.

“Crime is crime, crime has no colour, no creed and crime has no political affiliation and that is the golden rule we want to see observed,” he said.

The new CP in his response pointed out that the Bayelsa government’s policy of zero tolerance for crime and violence was in sync with the Inspector General of Police directive to all the commands in the country.

While expressing preparedness to intensify policing in the state, the CP highlighted some of his achievements within two weeks of his posting to Bayelsa.

“The Police had apprehended a syndicate comprising two ex-soldiers specialised in stealing parked vehicles, using master keys and five persons suspected of vandalising the state-owned gas turbine,” Amba said.

The Police Commissioner also announced the arrest of a suspected kidnapper, and the recovery of 10 vehicles so far from the syndicate.

He added that investigations were ongoing in all the cases.

Arepo Military Bombardment: Residents Express Fear Of Reprisal

Military-Militants-ArepoThe residents of Arepo community in Ogun State have appealed to military authorities to save them from annihilation.

The plea follows the bombardment of the area in southwest Nigeria, as the military promises not to spare militants and vandals damaging the nation’s pipelines.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that dozens of people have been killed over the weekend as missiles were fired by the military, which flew across the creek dropped sporadically.

But the residents are now living in fear over what they call “a likely reprisal attack by the militants”, most of whom are said to be Ijaws.

“The bombardment began on Thursday evening with one missile released but on Friday evening, another missile was fired at the community,” an eyewitness said.

Oyo State Police Command Parades Suspects

policeThe Oyo State Police Command has paraded a fake Colonel who it says has fraudulently collected 40 million Naira as part payment for an oil deal from unsuspecting investors.

Also paraded was a fake lawyer who has duped many of their valuables by also disguising as a prophet.

Others include armed robbery syndicates, vandals and a group of kidnappers and rapists.

The Oyo State Commissioner of Police, Adeleye Oyebade, said he and his men were leaving nothing to chance as the year winds down and have increased efforts to rid the state of criminals.

Amosun Seeks Proper Monitoring Of Petroleum Pipelines

Ogun stateThe Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has asked the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other authorities to adopt proactive measures  that would end pipeline vandalism.

Governor Amosun told reporters at the site of a vandalised pipeline in Ogere, in Ikenne Local Government area of the state that the NNPC should be held responsible for incidents of pipeline vandalism, which he said had cost Nigeria billions of Naira, with loss of lives and properties.

He was in Ikenne for an assessment of a vandalised petroleum pipeline that had caught fire after vandals attempted to steal petroleum product from it.

Officials of the Ogun State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC) said they got a tip-off that vandals were at the site and that there were signs of fire outbreak.

Although no arrests were made, the spokesman for the NSCDC, Mr Kareem Olanrewaju, said the officials of the security agency contained the fire. He said the situation would have been worse but for the prompt response of the command.

A team of the NNPC maintenance department is reported to have visited the site of the vandalised pipeline to effect repairs.

The Governor called for a proactive measure by authorities concerned to ensure an end to cases of pipeline vandalism.  He promised to provide needed cooperation and assistance required.

Governor Amosun was accompanied through the rough road by the State Commander of the NSCDC where he (governor) alleged culpability by  the NNPC.

The Governor suggested  harmonious relationship between the NNPC and Governors of States where the pipes were located and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, as a measure towards providing protection for pipelines across the country.