BEVERLY HILLS, May 12, (THEWILL) – The Imo Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has intercepted a truckload of crude oil and apprehended four suspected pipeline vandals.
The NSCDC Commandant in Imo, Michael Ogar, disclosed this while interacting with newsmen in Owerri on Wednesday.
Ogar said that suspected pipeline vandals conveying crude in the truck were arrested at the Okigwe axis of the Enugu–Port Harcourt expressway at about 10pm on Tuesday.
He said that the officers on duty confirmed that the suspects, who initially claimed to be moving from Umuahia to Okigwe, were actually conveying the 4,000 litres of crude oil from Port Harcourt to Kano.
The commandant expressed the commitment of the NSCDC to training, retraining and welfare of its men and officers for optimal output.
He, however, expressed regret on the death of one of its officers on anti-bunkering duty, as well as two others, who were killed by stray bullets.
Ogar pledged full compensation for the families of the deceased in line with NSCDC’s memorandum of operation.
He assured Imo residents that the command would continue to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure their safety.
Ogar called on the residents to avail the command of more information on the whereabouts of vandals and to go about their lawful activities without fear of harassment.
He said: “The major challenge we have is information gathering from residents of the state.
“If the necessary information is available to us, we will perform better and everyone will go about their lawful duties without any fear.