Four suspected pipeline vandals have been taken into custody by operatives of the Lagos State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps.
The four reportedly attempted to breach the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited pipeline in Obawole, Fagba, Lagos State.
The State Commander of NSCDC, Adedotun Keshinro, in a statement by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Abolurin Oluwaseun, late Thursday.
The statement revealed that the suspects were paraded at the command headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja, on Thursday with evidence recovered from them.
Keshinro stated that the suspects were taken into custody on Wednesday as a result of reliable and useful information that forced the Command's anti-vandalism team to take immediate action and stop the attempted vandalism.
The statement read in part: “Adedotun Sunday Keshinro earlier today, Thursday, January 11, 2024, paraded four male (names withheld) suspects, who were apprehended, while attempting to vandalize the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation Limited pipeline in Obawole. , in Fagba area of Lagos State.
“The Command obtained credible and actionable information regarding the nefarious activities of the above elements and swung into action on Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at about 2:45 am to thwart an attempted vandalism of NNPCL pipelines at the above mentioned point.
“As a result of the prompt action of the Command team, the nefarious vandalism attempt by the suspects was thwarted, leading to their arrest and recovery of some items from the scene of the crime.
“The Lagos State Commander, Adedotun Keshinro, also commissioned the recovered exhibits; a white van without registration number, implements and arrested suspects of the operation are being taken to the state command headquarters in Alausa, Ikeja for further questioning and investigation.
He noted that the suspects will be investigated and prosecuted accordingly.
“The Command has remained steadfast in its determination to bring perpetrators to justice and prevent such criminal activities from permeating our streets and communities,” Keshinro said.
There have been several incidents of pipeline vandalism across the country over the years, resulting in the destruction of invaluable infrastructure and loss of life and property.
An oil pipeline explosion that may have destroyed lives and property in Alimosho State was averted by the Lagos State NSCDC Command in November 2023.
Furthermore, in July 2023, the operatives of the NSCDC announced that they had apprehended eight persons allegedly smuggling stolen petroleum products in Ajah Beach, Lagos State.