31 December 2015, Benin – The Edo command of the Nigeria Security and Civil defense Corps (NSCDC) said it has successfully convicted eight vandals and arrested a total of 30 from January 2015 to December 2015.
The states commandant, Walter Akubuiroh disclosed this in Benin.
He said aside the eight cases that were successfully prosecuted by the command; another 18 were ongoing at various courts within the same period.
The commandant also said a total of 12 trucks of various capacities and eight J5 buses were loaded with, illegally refined crude were also seized within the same period.
Akubuiroh said the level of vandalizing, especially that of pipeline have seen a reduction when compared to that of previous year.
He expressed optimism that the command would work to see that pipeline vandalisation was brought to its lowest minimum if not completely eliminated.
The commandant however stressed that the feat could only be achieved only with the corporation of communities where these pipeline passed through as well as the general public.
He noted that the NSCDC was carrying out enlightenment programme aimed at making the public know that danger inherent in the act.
He lauded the Federal Government efforts at getting communities more involved in the area of pipeline protection and to share information with the NSCDC when there was course to.
“The peculiar case with pipeline security is that some of these communities see pipeline vandalisation as their own way of making a living. They feel that pipeline vandalisation is their won way of enjoying the national cake.
“That is why in some community, they build a fence around vandals. They protect these people because of the little they are making out of this.
“Another challenge is these pipelines are in difficult terrain that our men don’t readily or find it difficult to access.
“We have been carrying out a lot of enlightenment programme to let people know the danger inherent in this act.
“One thing they should know about the danger of this, is in the area of pollution. We are making the communities realize that their economic lives are being destroyed by these vandals from the little they are given.
“We want Nigerians to know that this is a pipeline vandalisation is a serious economic sabotage which is affecting the lives of the citizens of this country.
“The resources that would have been channeled into the development of the country are forced into the hand of few individuals for their own selfish interest.
“People should understand that act of vandalism is like stabbing yourself and stabbing the nation. It is like eating what you children will eat in generation to come,” he stated.
- The Nation