NSCDC destroys 71 illegal refineries, arrests 501 suspected vandals in 8 months

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NSCDC destroys 71 illegal refineries, arrests 501 suspected vandals in 8 months

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said it has destroyed 71 illegal refineries and arrested about 501 suspected pipeline vandals and oil thieves.

This was disclosed by the NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, in his remarks on Thursday in Abuja during the inauguration of 93 operational vehicles for the Corps by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

Audi explained that the figure represented the achievements of the corps between January and August.

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He noted that the specialised operational vehicles would be used to combat potential threats to national security, resulting from felonious acts.

The CG identified such acts as crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, smuggling, pipeline vandalism and other crimes within the coastal and offshore areas.

He explained that the inaugurated vehicles would be deployed to commands and the headquarters, alongside designated special duties.

Audi warned that any personnel found to connive or compromise national security would face the law court of ethics and the corps’ Standard Operational Procedure for appropriate sanctions.

He expressed appreciation to other sister security agencies and stakeholders for their continuous collaboration and cooperation.

Meanwhile, Aregbesola charged the corps to remain intolerant of anything that posed threat to the safety and peace of Nigerians.

He said that the acquisition of the operational vehicles was a proactive step toward addressing internal insecurity in the country.

“Utilise and maintain the vehicles to serve their purpose and ensure to train personnel to operate the vehicles,” he said.

According to him, there are challenges of vandalism of critical assets, oil theft, banditry, and insurgency amongst others that must be eliminated.

“The incessant attacks on our Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, in particular, have become a grievous wound dangerously bleeding the nation’s economy and this must be effectively addressed, checkmated and curbed.

“We shall not relent but must remain focused to eradicate the existence of criminals which is the essence of equipping the corps.”

Aregbesola assured the corps of the federal government’s continuous support in repositioning it to maintain the pride of place in ensuring national security.

He called on NSCDC to remain steadfast, urging them to improve their synergy with the Army, Police and other security agencies.

“NSCDC plays a complementary role so there shouldn’t be rivalry,” he advised.

He further called on officers and men of the corps to imbibe the attitude of civility, compassion and adopt communication methods to engage citizens.

He, however, warned that being civil to citizens shouldn’t deter the corps from being firm but avoid brutality.