The Bayelsa State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested 40 oil thieves and destroyed 106 illegal refineries in the state.
The NSCDC Commandant, Mr. Desmond Agu, who spoke in Yenagoa said the corps achieved the feat within one year.
Agu who said that the Command recorded an appreciable success in its fight against oil theft and other illegalities during the year, added that his men recovered 10 locally-made boats from suspected oil thieves.
He named other items recovered from the suspects as eight speedboats, one lorry, 10 pumping machines, 20 boat engines, six motor biggest and one bus.
Others were four wheel barrows, 10 hoses, 55,000 litres of Automated Gas Oil (AGO) and 5000 litres of DPK.
The Commandant said the corps arraigned seven suspects who were undergoing trials in various courts.
He said 16 suspects were remanded in prison custody, adding that four vehicles and boats were forfeited to the government.
He said: “The command had an active collaboration with multi-national companies in safeguarding their facilities and pipelines across the state and beyond.
“We are also active in internal security in the state; we are a component of the State security outfit, operation Doo-Akpo in conjunction with the Police in providing internal security in the state. CONTINUE READING
SOURCE: THE NATION