NSCDC Agency arrests 3 for pipeline vandalism in Ebonyi

The commandant also said that the command contained the spillage of diesel from a tanker which was involved in an accident at Abaomege area of Ebonyi.

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The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ebonyi on Thursday announced the arrest of a 20-year-old woman and two men for vandalising oil pipelines.

Briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, the Commandant, Mrs Chinwe Kannu, said that the suspects were arrested on Tuesday at Ivo Local Government Area in a border community between Ebonyi and Abia.

Kannu said that the suspects were arrested at 5 p.m. by officers of the command on patrol as they scooped diesel from a punctured pipeline.

"They will be prosecuted as we are legally mandated by law to do.

"Items recovered from them include one 50-litre container of diesel, four 25-litre containers of diesel, buckets, funnels and sieving instruments used to scoop petroleum products,” she said.

The commandant also said that the command contained the spillage of diesel from a tanker which was involved in an accident at Abaomege area of Ebonyi.

"My officers rushed to the scene on receiving a distress call on Tuesday and cordoned off the place to ensure the safety of travellers and inhabitants of the area.

"The inhabitants rushed out to scoop the spilled diesel but it, however, did not pose threat to life and no injury was recorded,” she said.

The commandant said that officers of the command also discovered a ‘cart’ laden with four 50- litre containers of diesel which was abandoned inside a bush at Ishiagu in Ivo.

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