Within a year, agents of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps arrested no fewer than 200 suspects, destroyed 50 illegal refineries and recovered 300 trucks.
The Corps Commander General, Ahmed Audi, made the statement during an interactive session with journalists during a strategic meeting with state commanders and heads of NSCDC anti-vandalism units at Corps headquarters in Abuja on Friday.
Audi said: “The civil defense is up to expectations, so far within a year of my administration we have arrested 200 suspects, recovered 300 trucks and destroyed 50 illegal refineries.
“Oil theft and illegal bunkering are on the rise, but we are working on it and that is why we have scheduled the meeting to offer solutions to resolve the threat.”
Audi also noted that the federal government is concerned about the spate of oil theft across the country, adding that the president has ordered the immediate implementation of policies to checkmate crime and cases of oil theft, bunkering and destruction of oil pipelines and other critical national resources.
While urging the officers of the Corps to perform their duties properly, he noted that anyone found guilty would be sanctioned.
“There is evidence that some of the anti-vandal units in some state commands are failing to perform their duties. We’re getting reports of compromises. We have established a Commission of Inquiry and anyone found guilty will be severely punished.
“Let me sound this warning that the Corps has no place for mediocrity. Laziness, nonchalance, incompetence, and therefore will not hesitate to take proper dealings or action with any officer who leaves something to be desired, regardless of his position.
“You must therefore return to your various state commands and redouble your efforts to revive, redesign, restructure and reposition your various anti-vandal squadrons,” added Audi.