The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp Rivers state command has paraded twenty-eight suspects arrested for vandalism and in connection to illegal dealings in Petroleum products containing full truck load of crude oil, AGO popular called Diesel.
The State Commandant Muktar Lawal who stated this during a press briefing at the command headquarters in Port Harcourt and vowed that the command in conjunction with NSCDC railway command will stamp out vandalism along the rail tracks and oil installations in the state.
”It is quite disheartening to note that despite the laudable efforts of the Federal government to put the rail system of transportation in place and use for economic growth, some miscreants and undesirable individuals choose to make themselves stumbling blocks to the progress of the country by vandalising the Critical National Assets and Infrastructure along our Rail transportation system.
”The State Command in conjunction with the NSCDC Railway Command has put in measures to stampout vandalism along the rail tracks in Rivers State.”
Commandant Lawal buttressed that the arrest of the suspects was as a result of strong synergy between the Nigerian Army and the NSCDC, noting the arrested suspects are currently undergoing investigation and would be charged to court for possible prosecution.
The NSCDC Boss said measures are put in place to prevent disasters in large and small scale within the state, and warned the general public against the sales and patronage of adulterated DPK (Kerosene) in the state.
”All the arrested suspects are currently undergoing investigation and would be changed to court for possible prosecution.
”Meanwhile, as measures put in place to prevent disasters in large and small scale within the state, the Command is hereby warning and advising the general public against the sales and patronage of adulterated DPK (Kerosene) in the state.
”My message to the good people of Rivers State is for them to be law abiding and please endeavor to furnish the command with useful information on any planned activities aimed at causing security breach anywhere in the state for prompt intervention.
He however said that the Command have secured one hundred and one court convictions of suspects, gotten Court order for forfeiture of one thousand and sixty trucks and vehicles forfeited to the federal government.
Our correspondent reports that other items recovered are 7 Trucks, 61 Suspected Vandalized Rail Track Plates, 2 Cars, A Vandalized Oil Wellhead, 23 Feet Hose, 2 Saw Blades, A Measuring Tape, A Cylinder Fane Torch and A Welding Machine used for acts of Vandalism