The Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps arrested about 286 pipeline vandals between May, 2015 and January this year.
In an interview with Voice of Nigeria in Abuja, the Commandant General of the Corps, Mr. Abdullahi Gana said out of the number, about 281 were under prosecution while 25 of them have been convicted.Mr. Gana explained that the success was as a result of the determination of the Corps to rid the country off vandals and other criminals that vandalize government assets and infrastructure.
‘’The Corps, acting on its mandate of protection of critical infrastructure and National assets cannot fold its hands and watch criminals sabotage the effort of the government to make life more meaningful to the people’’, he said.
The Commandant General noted that special anti-vandal squad has been established to monitor all the Petroleum Pipelines across the country which he said has yielded the desired result with the collaboration of other security agencies.
‘’You see, our major challenge is lack of information from the people, we have severally appealed to the community leaders and other stakeholders especially where we have the pipelines to assist us with information, we cannot do it alone’’ he said.
Mr. Gana said that the Corps was working out modalities towards refocusing the direction of Private Guard Companies, intelligence gathering and government security agencies to assist in arresting the criminals that sabotages the effort of the government.
He mentioned the areas the Corps provides security services to include disaster management, protection of critical infrastructure, monitoring of election activities and issuance of operational licence to private guard companies among others.
Mr. Gana however remarked that the corps has engaged in several operational projects geared torwards improving the efficiency of the personnel.