Police lack power to prosecute pipeline vandals


Federal High Court sitting in Lokoja held that prosecution of pipeline vandals has been transferred from the police to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

In a judgment delivered on June 17, Justice I.E. Ekwo said Section 3 (1) (f) (vi) of the NSCDC (Amendment) Act 2007 has expressly conferred the authority to investigate offence of oil pipeline vandalisation and the power to initiate proceedings thereto on behalf of the Attorney General of the Federation to the NSCDC.

The judge said,