Operatives of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps have arrested about 200 suspects, destroyed 50 illegal refineries and recovered 300 trucks within a year.
The corps’ Commandant General, Ahmed Audi, stated this during an interactive session with journalists at a meeting with state commandants and heads of anti-vandal units of the NSCDC, at the Corps Headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
Audi said, “The civil defence has been living up to expectations. We have so far within one year of my administration arrested 200 suspects, recovered 300 trucks, and destroyed 50 illegal refineries.
“Oil theft and illegal bunkering is on the rise but we are on it and that is why we scheduled the meeting to proffer solutions to resolve the menace.’’
Audi also noted that the Federal Government was worried about the spate of oil theft across the country, adding that the president had ordered immediate implementation of policies to checkmate crime, and eradicate cases of oil theft, bunkering, and pipeline vandalisation and other critical national assets.
Urging operatives of the corps to carry out their duties properly, he noted that anyone found culpable would be sanctioned.
He stated, “There are indications that some of the anti-vandal units in some state commands have been found wanting in discharging their duties. We are getting reports of compromise. We have instituted a panel of inquiry and anybody who is found culpable will be severely sanctioned.’’