According to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), two suspected pipeline vandals have been apprehended in Imo.
Tuesday in Owerri, the Commandant of the NSCDC in Imo, Mr. Matthew Ovye, disclosed this information while addressing the media at the conclusion of the Command’s Senior Management Meeting.
Following intelligence reports, Paul Akunne, 35, and Lucky Chioma, 24, were arrested in the Ohaji-Egbema council area of Imo, according to Ovye.
According to him, the detention was in accordance with the corps’ mandate to safeguard Nigeria’s vital assets.
With the removal of the petroleum subsidy by President Bola Tinubu, the NSCDC has been tasked by its Commandant-General, Mr Ahmed Audi, to redouble its efforts to safeguard oil and gas installations throughout the country.
“The Nigerian Government intends well for the populace, but a few unrepentant elements seek to undermine its efforts.
“According to our mandate, we have gone all out to prevent them, and their sponsors will shortly be apprehended as well.
“We must bring oil saboteurs to their knees and create an environment conducive to genuine actors working to increase Nigeria’s internally generated revenue, especially now that petroleum subsidies have been eliminated,” he stated.
Ovye charged senior officers at the meeting to remain apolitical, professional, and disciplined during and after the state’s election for governor on November 11.
Heads of Departments, Units, sectors, and formations were ordered to assume responsibility for acts of disobedience within the command, such as improper attire, negligence, unwholesome speech, and disregard for superiors.
In addition, he admonished the officers to cease their unrestricted use of social media, stating that the command would take action against officers who violated already established norms of conduct and operation. (NAN)