NSCDC has arrested five suspects for vandalising AGIP pipelines in Bayelsa state.
The suspects were apprehended on Monday, November 7, in Akimoni, Taylor Creek area of Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state, Punch reports.
According to the reports, the suspects were apprehended by the anti-Vandals operatives of the NSCDC with the help of an intelligence tip-off by members of the community.
While parading the suspects, the Commandant of the NSCDC Bayelsa Command, Mr. Desmond Agu, said that the suspects were apprehended during a surveillance by his operatives.
Agu also disclosed that the suspects burst pipelines belonging to Agip in Taylor Creek and fled their community.
However, the suspects met their waterloo on the day they returned to the community when operatives stormed the community based on a tip-off and arrested them. Agu said that the suspects would soon be arraigned in court for prosecution.
Punch reports that the commandant urged youths in the state to avoid pipeline vandalism and other criminal vices, adding that the operatives were armed enough to root criminals out of their hideouts.
Speaking on the arrest of the suspects, the Unit Commander, Anti-Vandals, Chief Superintendent Okeke Ejike, said that the five suspects were arrested based on useful intelligence tips.
Ejike said, “The five suspects were apprehended after the pipeline belonging to Agip was vandalised. As soon as we got the information, we swung into action.
“Immediately they perpetrated the act, they (suspects) bolted away. So, we placed them on surveillance. On the day of operation, we went to the community and disguised. As they were returning to the community and based on a tip-off, we picked them up.”
Ejike implored the public to volunteer any useful information that would be helpful in ridding the state of pipeline vandalism and other criminal acts.