By Palma Ileye
Sequel to the strategic decision by the Management of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, to rejig its Anti Vandalism Operations Nationwide, the Commandant General, Dr Ahmed Abubakar Audi, mni, has commended State Commandants across the Federation for the timely reconstitution of New Anti-Vandal Squad to wage war against vandals and oil thieves.
Audi said the dissolution and subsequent reconstitution of the Anti-vandal Unit Nationwide was necessary to reposition the Corps for effective implementation of its statutory mandate of Safeguarding National Assets especially petroleum pipelines and other oil installations.
In a Press release issued by the Corps, Director of Public Relations, DC Olusola Odumosu, the Commandant General, said that this was also aimed at putting a stop to all forms of sabotage in the oil sector through arrests and dilligent prosecution of oil thieves, their sponsors and all those dealing illegally in Petroleum products.
According to the CG “the reconstitution of the reformed Antivandal Unit with fresh bloods who has new zeal for success is central and germaine to our Core mandates.
“The Nation is loosing a lot of revenues to illegal oil merchants and this has a debilitating effect on the economy.
“You have carried out the Minister of Interior’s directive to reconstite the Corps’ Antivandal unit nationwide without delay.
“I commend your swift and timely compliance which has closed all perceived gaps and loopholes that may have been created in the fight against theft and illegal oil bunkering across board.
“I therefore charge you to remain firm, focused and fierce with the enemies of the nation who has vowed to continue sabotaging our economy”.
The NSCDC boss, however gave a marching order to State Commandants to deploy all machineries both on land and in the waterways to carry out massive arrests and possible prosecution of oil thieves.
“I have distributed the newly acquired gunboats to you for the purpose of waging war against our enemies of our commonwealth.
“There is no excuse for failure anymore, I want to see you put a stop to revenue loss through illegal oil activities in the nation”, Audi charged.
The CG assured that NSCDC as the lead agency in the protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure will continue its scientific synergy with other security agencies.
He said “Collaborations between security agencies is very necessary to foster greater success in our efforts to ward off all threats challenging the country’s National Security architecture.
“We will continue to share Intelligence, avoid unnecessary Inter-Agency rivalry and work with others as partners in progress to combat our common enemies who are sabotaging the economy of the nation”.