Mr Innocent Okodugha and officials of the Anti-Vandal Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Edo Command on Friday, led an operation which saw the destruction of three illegal refineries located at Obaszagbon Village, in Uhumwode Local Government Area of the Edo state. This operation was carried out in line with NSCDC efforts to check pipeline vandals.
According to Okodugha, the major economic sabotage is as a result of activities of pipeline vandals and operators of illegal refineries. Hence, the renewed fight against vandals had become imperative, in view of revenue leakages in the country, which he said is due to the economic sabotage.
Okodugha said that in spite of efforts aimed at checkmating pipeline vandalism and oil bunkering in the country, the perpetrators had remained adamant. He said the act indicated that the perpetrators did not only have financial muscles but financiers and godfathers who backed them up even when apprehended.
Okodugha said that “the NSCDC will not rest on their oars because the activities of these people are causing the country so much loss. Because, other petroleum products are end products of crude oil, yet these people refine just diesel from the crude oil stolen from vandalised oil pipelines and waste the other. He added that the NSCDC is well-equipped and prepared to achieve success in its mandate. He also encouraged the NSCDC to include the buyers of the illegally-refined petroleum products on its wanted lists”.
“We say enough is enough because the economic implication of the activities of the vandals is biting hard on the country, especially the workers,’’ he said.
According to him, officers of the command have been on surveillance in the area since April after the Army Joint Task Force carried out a similar destruction in one of the camps.
Present with the NSCDC officials was Mr Alex Osazuwa, and Mr Felix Ojeaga, Chairman and Director of Operations of the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN). In his remarks, Osazuwa said that the association would continue to support the fight against vandals in the state as its success would be beneficial to all. He said that the activities of vandals were also affecting members of the
In his remarks, Osazuwa said that the association would continue to support the fight against vandals in the state as its success would be beneficial to all. He said that the activities of vandals were also affecting members of the association (IPMAN) as they sometimes experienced scarcity of petroleum products.
Osazuwa advised the government to continuously support the NSCDC with weapons and logistics to ensure success.