Defence Corps appeal for weapons to stop vandals

illegal-refineries DeltaEMEKA OKONKWO 
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – THE Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested more than 3 000 suspects and destroyed over 450 illegal refineries despite lack of capacity against the better-equipped vandals.

NSCDC Commandant General, Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, said with better support, the corps would be empowered the more to discharge its constitutional mandate, and ensure that all critical infrastructure and national assets under the watch of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) were safe.

“The Corps is faced with the challenge of not having enough tools to quell the activities of vandals,” said Muhammadu during a visit by Dr Maikanti Baru, the Group Managing Director of NNPC at the Corps National Headquarters in Abuja.

“We are in need of arms, patrol vehicles and other security appliances to enable us wipe off these very organized vandals who have equipped themselves with very sophisticated weapons to carry out their dastard acts.”

NSCDC is a paramilitary the government established in 2003 with the act of National Assembly.

Maikanti affirmed the NSCDC was the forerunner security agency in the country in charge of protection of critical infrastructure.

He said NNPC needed the organization to step up efforts to combat the menace of vandalism that has brought the 2,2 million barrels of budgeted oil per day, to have a shortfall of 700 000 barrels of oil daily.

– CAJ News

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