In lieu of the renewed efforts of the Commandant, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Lagos State Command, Commandant Eweka Douglas Okoro, towards ensuring a zero tolerance against oil pipeline vandalism and other form of criminalities in Lagos state, the Command’s operatives detailed to the ‘Right of Way,’ to ensure the protection of the nation’s oil pipelines, yesterday, Friday, 30th July, 2021, at midnight at about 01:25hrs upon receiving an intelligent information via the Command’s robust and compact community based intelligence network, raced to the Akute – Odo / Aruwajoye Area, which is a boundary between Lagos and Ogun state, to burst the inimical and evil activities of suspected vandals in the state.
The Commander, Right of Way, in the Command , Deputy Superintendent of Corps ( DSC) Gbenga Akinnibosun, who headed the team that cracked the dastard act of the vandals, further said that the vandals on sighting the gallant men of the Corps at the scene took to their heels when they were about perfecting their evil act of economic sabotage.
It is also pertinent to state that the Anti – Vandal Unit of the Command was also drafted to render back up aid to the operatives at the scene, should there be reprisal attacks.
The Command’s combined team discovered and evacuated thick nylons ( white colour ) wrapped with sacks loaded with unknown quantity of litres of petrol, numbering twenty (20) in quantity and another hundreds of empty 25litre kegs, which the vandals intended to cart away via a wooden path around the submerged area of Akute – Odo / Aruwajoye in a boundary between Lagos and Ogun State. The hundreds of empty 25litre kegs discovered were also utterly destroyed by the gallant men, so as to discourage the act, from being further perpetrated.
The evacuated products had since been brought to the State Command, Head Quarters, in Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos to carry out further investigation. The Commandant has also directed that the security of lives and property and the protection of oil pipelines in the Area be beefed up immediately.
The Commandant said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation ( NNPC ) office in the state has also been contacted for proper evacuation of the products because of the highly inflammable nature of it.The Commandant seized the occasion of this successful operation, to further reiterate the Command’s readiness and commitment to ensuring a zero tolerance against oil pipeline vandalism and other form of criminalities in the state. He further assured the good people of Lagos and the Government of Lagos State of his unflinching commitment and dedication 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 form of security challenges that may want to raise their ugly heads.