PIPELINE SAFETY: NSCDC vows to tighten up on surveillance, as vandals escape arrest in Lagos creek
operatives of the Marine and Anti-Vandal Team of Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Badagry division, while on midnight routine surveillance, intercepted some suspected vandals who were allegedly tampering with petroleum pipelines in the area.
The Divisional Officer in Badagry, a Chief Superintendent of Corps ( CSC ) Akinyemi Rasheed Ayodeji, who led the operation said the suspects took to their heels, on sighting his team.
He said the suspects abandoned some thick nylons ( white colour ) wrapped with sacks loaded with unknown quantity of litres of petrol, numbering forty eight (48) in quantity and another thirty six 30litre kegs loaded with (PMS), which they intended to cart away through Mangoro creek along Iya’fin waterways heading towards the Republic of Benin.
The Lagos state Commandant of the corps, Mr Eweka Okoro has ordered the Anti – vandal unit to evacuate the suspected products to the State Command, Headquarters for further investigation.
Mr. Okoro has also ordered his personnel to beef up security of lives and property as well as protection of oil pipelines in the Badagry Division and other oil pipeline installations in the state.
The Commandant said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC ) officials had been contacted for proper evacuation of the products because of it’s highly inflammable nature.
Commandant Okoro reiterated the Command’s readiness and commitment to ensuring a zero tolerance against oil pipeline vandalism and other forms of criminalities in the state.
He further assured the people of Lagos and the Government of the unflinching commitment and dedication of the Corps towards sustaining the already established peace and security in the state.
He promised that the Corps will continue to work assiduously and laboriously, with the Government and other security services or agencies and stakeholders in the state to further proffer solutions to any security challenge that may want to rear its ugly head.