In Lagos State, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) apprehended some suspected pipeline vandals and seized 36 kegs of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol.
Abolurin Oluwaseun Olumide, the state NSCDC spokesman, issued a statement announcing the arrest of pipeline vandals.
Akinyemi Rasheed Ayodeji, the Badagry Divisional Officer, led the operation, he said, adding that the suspected vandals fled when they saw the security operatives.
Four-eight (48) litres of petrol were discovered by a gallant marine and anti-vandal team who intercepted the suspected vandals at the Badagry Division.
The vandals also stole 36 30 litre kegs of PMS, which they intended to transport around Mangoro Creek along Iya’fin waterways heading towards the Republic of Benin,” read the statement.
Immediately, the Commandant ordered the anti-vandalism unit to evacuate the suspected products back to the Lagos State Command, Head Quarters in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos in order to conduct further investigation.”
Immediate measures must be taken to protect oil pipelines in Badagry Division and other pipeline areas, as directed by Lagos NSCDC Commandant Eweka Okoro.
For proper evacuation of these products, Okoro said the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) office in the state has also been contacted.
“We have zero tolerance for criminal acts such as oil pipeline vandalism,” the commander of the NSCDC said.
After promising to continue to work diligently and laboriously with the government, as well as other security agencies and stakeholders to combat insecurity.