Akpan Umoh, Uyo
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested eight suspects and impounded a navy-blue Toyota Camry with 20 jerrycans of 25 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) in Akwa Ibom State.
The NSCDC Commandant in Akwa Ibom, Mr Eluyemi Eluwade, said this while briefing newsmen at the command’s headquarters in Uyo on Thursday.
Eluwade said the eight suspects were arrested within the month of August during routine operations by men of the command.
He said the suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, vandalism of critical infrastructure and stealing of public property in the state.
“Since my last engagement with the press sometime last month on our feats in combating criminal activities in relation to our mandate, other feats have been recorded, as we intensify efforts to fight vandalism and illegality in the downstream sector of the petroleum industry.
“On Aug. 2, NSCDC Anti-Vandals Squad arrested two suspects and impounded a Navy-blue Toyota Camry with number plate SQ 694 KJA with 20 jerrycans of 25 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (AGO), hose, funnel and three 20 litres buckets.
“On Aug. 18, two suspects were arrested for criminal conspiracy, vandalism of critical infrastructure and stealing of public property at Mount Camel Hospital in Akpa Utung village in Ibesikpo Asutan LGA.
“On Aug. 24, a-39-year-old suspect from Obot Akara LGA was arrested for suspected trafficking of a young lady, whose whereabouts have been traced to Anambra,” Eluwade said.
The commandant added that three other suspects were arrested during the period within Ibesikpo Asutan LGA for vandalism and stealing of PHEDC installations, copper cables and thunder arrestor.
He said that all the suspects had confessed to the crime and volunteered useful information to the corps for further investigation.
Eluwade said that the activity of vandals and criminals could lead to the bleeding of the Nigerian economy, adding that a nation striving towards development could not afford to allow these kinds of things to happen.
The commandant warned criminals, especially vandals of government infrastructure to turn a new leaf or face the full wrath of the law.
He called on Akwa Ibom residents to support the command with credible information, that could actually help the Agency execute its mandate and perform its constitutional duties and responsibilities.
The commandant assured residents that the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as the investigation was completed to ensure that justice is served as a deterrent to others.