Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu reports that the corps has destroyed about 450 illegal refineries and arrested over 3,000 vandals.
The NSCDC boss said this while he played host to the Group Managing Director, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr Maikanti Baru. He took the opportunity to request that the corps be assisted with arms and equipment that will enable them to combat pipeline vandalism in the country.
Abdullahi said that with adequate capacity, the NSCDC could eradicate the incidence of vandalism of critical infrastructures such as power lines, pipelines, telecoms base stations and other national assets.
The CG said rather than give them money, the agency would appreciate the corporation’s assistance, noting that the agency lacked sophisticated equipment, particularly arms, adding that pipeline vandals who operate as syndicates are well armed.
“We have challenges, many challenges. Number one, we don’t have adequate equipment to fight the vandals, especially, in the area of arms. We discovered that the vandals are a syndicate and they use sophisticated weapons and they would do anything to get rid of anyone that came to block their source of income.
“Thus, we have this problem of equipment and you know the budget is so tight that after going to the budget office, you make a request and so on, you end up being given a small envelope; that envelope is grossly inadequate,” he said.
Abdullahi urged the Federal government to provide more vehicles and arms to effectively fight vandalism.
“We need more vehicles. We need arms. We need tents. We are not requesting for fund sir, we just need equipment and we are assuring you that if you give us the goods, we would deliver the devil in a very short time.”