The Rivers State Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corp (NSCDC), Abu Tambuwal says investigations is ongoing to unravelled those behind the cause of the inferno that gutted the Exhibit yard of the command on Monday evening at Iriebe in Obio/Akpor Local Government Area.
The state Commandant while speaking to journalists in Port Harcourt noted that the cause of the incident can only be ascertained at the expiration of a thorough investigation but the nefarious activities of Saboteurs cannot be undermined.
Tambuwal affirmed that the fight against vandalism and illegal dealings in Petroleum products is non-negotiable, adding that the Corps would continue to collaborate with relevant security agencies in tackling the menace of illegal oil dealings in Rivers State.
He maintained that the exhibit yard contained several impounded trucks of suspected Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) which a part of it had been forfeited by Court order and were to be auctioned by professionals.
He added that five suspects have been arrested by the Command Intelligence and Anti Vandal Team who cordon the entire area while they tried to break into the premises.
Recall that the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Rivers State Command has said that the fight against vandalism and illegal dealings in petroleum products will continue relentlessly until the state is totally rid of such economic sabotage.
This was made known in a statement signed and made available to the newsmen by the Command Public Relations Officer, DSC Olufemi Ayodele during the visit of the Commandants of Nigerian Navy College Onne to NSCDC Rivers State Command Headquarters.
Commandants Solomon Anabraba and Abubakar Abubakar Umar were both received by the Assistant Commandant General in charge of Zone L, ACG James Bassey psc+ who appreciated the Nigerian Navy for sustaining the already existing Synergy by handling over arrested suspected Vandals to the NSCDC for prosecution from time to time.