NSCDC Commandant General Orders Massive Arrest Of Oil Thieves Nationwide

By Damilare Adeleye

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) Commandant General, Dr. Ahmed Abubakar Audi, has ordered state Commandants to carry out massive arrests and prosecution of oil thieves across the country.

In a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the NSCDC Director of Public Relations, Mr Olusola Odumosu, Audi said the Commandants must deploy all machineries both on land and in the waterways to carry out their duty.

“I have distributed the newly acquired gunboats to you for the purpose of waging war against the enemies of our commonwealth.

“There is no excuse for failure anymore, I want to see you put a stop to revenue loss due to illegal oil activities in the nation.

“I therefore charge you to remain firm, focused and fierce with the enemies of the nation who have vowed to continue sabotaging our economy,” Audi said.

The Commandant General also added that the timely reform and reconstitution of NSCDC Anti-Vandalism Unit, would aid the commandants to track, arrest and prosecute the oil thieves.

“It is also aimed at putting a stop to all forms of sabotage in the oil sector through arrests and diligent prosecution of oil thieves, their sponsors and all those dealing illegally in petroleum products.

“The reconstitution of the reformed Anti-Vandal Unit with fresh bloods who have new zeal for success is central and germane to our core mandate.

“The nation is losing a lot of revenues to illegal oil merchants and this has a debilitating effect on the economy,” he said.