The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Kaduna State command has arrested two suspects and recovered no fewer that 55 Jericans of 25 litres of Automotive Gas Oil also known as diesel.
Parading the suspects yesterday, the State Commandant of the Corps, Alhaji Modu Bunu expressed worry over the antics of the vandals.
He disclosed that the suspects were arrested at Ungwan Liman-Kangimi in Igabi Local Government Area of Kaduna State following a tip-off.
Bunu vowed that the command will not relent in its anti-vandalism drive, warning that hard times await unscrupulous elements who rather than device. legitimate means of living have resorted to illegal and criminal means.
He maintained that the command will continue with surveillance on petroleum pipelines in the state, while calling on residents to assist by furnishing the corps with information that will enable the NSCDC live up to its expectations, and bring the activities of vandals to a stand still.
The commandant attributed the arrest of the suspects and recovery of the filled jericans and two motor-cycles to information that was given to the corps, adding that information volunteered to the command is treated with utmost confidentiality.
He explained, “following a tip-off on the activities of vandals at Ugwan-Liman Kangimi in Igabi LGA, I directed a combing operation of the area. The operatives stormed the location and conducted a search resulting in the arrest of two suspects, recovery of 55 Jericans of 25 litres of AGO and two motorcycles”.
He continued, “during the operation, all male inhabitants of the village were discovered to have disserted their houses leaving only women who declined comments on the whereabouts of their male folks, in most of the houses searched, jericans and other wares used for scooping of AGO from a vandalized pipeline from the community were found.
While the commandant said information has been passed across to the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) on the incident, he added that investigation into the matter is being conducted with the view to charging the suspects to court for prosecution.