07 October 2014, Lagos – The Military has arrested 50 persons suspected of vandalising pipelines at Majidun area of Ikorodu in Lagos.About 100 canoes and ferries used by the vandals were reportedly recovered as at 7.30p.m. on Saturday.
It was gathered that over 1,000 jerricans filled with siphoned petroleum product and over 2,000 empty ones were also recovered.The raid, which was jointly carried out by personnel of Nigerian Navy and Army, reportedly started last Saturday.
Military sources disclosed that the action followed intelligence report on activities of pipeline vandals in the area. It was gathered that the operatives stormed the creeks while the vandals were operating.
Sources hinted that the vandals attempted to shoot, but on realising that they were military men, jumped into the river and swam away.
The presence of the military men on water and land sent fear down the spines of residents of the area.A resident told Vanguard on phone: “The raid even caused a hitch in the flow of traffic as the military men positioned themselves in strategic points around the area.“
This paid off as some vandals, who managed to escape from the creeks, were arrested while attempting to board motorbikes. We just hope this will continue, so as to bring sanity to this area.”