Saturday, July 13, 2024

NSCDC intensifies efforts to arrest, prosecute pipeline vandals

He said pipeline vandalism was sabotaging the economy.

• July 10, 2024
NSCDC officers
NSCDC officers used to illustrate the story

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says efforts are being redoubled to ensure that unrepentant pipeline vandals are arrested and prosecuted.

This is contained in a statement by the NSCDC public relations officer, Babatunde Afolabi, on Wednesday in Abuja.

According to him, men of the Commandant General’s Special Intelligence Squad (CGsSIS) dismantled several illegal refineries in forests between Rivers and Abia states.

”However, the reconstruction of these refineries has been recurring,” he said.

Mr Afolabi said that the unrepentant act of engaging in vandalism of oil pipelines, crude oil theft and illegal oil merchandise was sabotaging the economy.

He warned vandals to desist from its operations as the Corps remained dedicated to ensure that the oil sector and other sectors in the country were adequately protected.

Mr Afolabi said that following an intelligence report, the CGsSIS recently foiled an attempt by some vandals to reconstruct illegal refineries in a thick forest located at Obiakpu/Obuzor Communities in Abia State.

“Our operatives acted based on credible intelligence that some criminal elements have reconstructed new illegal refineries which had earlier been dislodged at the crime scene.

“Intelligence report revealed that the suspects regrouped, reconstructed cooking ovens, refabricated pipes and other locally refining materials to commence production of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) among others.

“At the illegal refining site, we sighted over 50 metallic drums used as ovens, about 600 galvanised pipes, and 30 metallic open reservoirs alongside different sizes of Industrial hoses,” he said.

He added that although no suspects had been arrested in connection to this crime as efforts were being hastened to effect their arrest.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette

Katsina State


Katsina youths pledge to deliver over 2 million votes to Atiku

“Katsina State is Atiku’s political base because it is his second home.”

Plateau State governor, Caleb Mutfwang


Gov Mutfwang declares three-day mourning for victims of Jos school building collapse

“We offer our deepest sympathies and unwavering support to those affected during this difficult time.”

Polling unit used to illustrate story

Heading 5

Adamawa electoral body assures transparent outcome in LG polls

He said that the election was being conducted successfully as promised in 20 out of the 21 local government areas.

Plateau State House of Assembly


Plateau assembly pledges new laws to combat building collapse menace

He said that move was not meant to witch-hunt anybody but to avoid ugly incidents like the school building collapse.

Wole Soyinka and Gov Abiodun


Governor Abiodun celebrates Wole Soyinka at 90

“His contributions to literature, theatre, and activism have left an indelible mark on the sand of history.”

Peter Obi and former The Saints Academy School


Peter Obi commiserates with victims of Jos school building collapse

He, therefore, called on the government to carry out thorough investigations into the tragic incident.