Crude oil vandals in different parts of the country have over the years caused huge setbacks to the economy following their nefarious activities. They vandalise oil installations, steal crude oil and consequently deny the country the revenue needed to develop the nation and its people.

But the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in a document said it has taken the battle to the hoodlums’ doorsteps, making the crime unattractive to others.

From foiling the criminals’ attempts at vandalising oil pipelines, arresting suspects and successfully prosecuting many of them, the Corps, it was learnt has helped in no small measure to nip the menace of crude oil theft and other crimes in the bud.

Between May 2023 and May 2024 to be specific, the NSCDC said it arrested 2,321 suspects for various crimes ranging from crude oil theft and other related offences.

“2,093 suspects were investigated, 104 are undergoing prosecution, 56 convictions secured and 68 are under investigation,” the Corps said.

This year, 25th March to be specific, statistics of the Corps’ onslaught against vandals made available to newsmen showed the NSCDC destroyed six illegal refineries with about five hundred thousand (500,000) litres of illegally sourced crude oil, arrested of five suspects, and confiscated locally fabricated ovens, at Umuajuloke/Umuedeokwara Community, Odagwa, Etche LGA, Rivers State.

June 9, 2024

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *