The Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr Abdullahi G. Muhammadu has declared that there will be no going back on the war against vandals.
The NSCDC boss in his end of the year message to officers and men of the Asset Monitoring Unit of the Zone F command of NSCDC comprising Ekiti, Ondo, Ogun, Osun and Oyo states, called for an end to activities of vandals of national critical assets.
Speaking through the NSCDC acting deputy commandant general in charge of Critical Infrastructure, Mr. Godwin Agim, the Commandant General who tasked men of the corps to rise up to the challenges ahead, pointed out that the vandals by their activities were becoming major threat to the economic development of Nigeria if not checked on time.
He stressed that the corps in its determination to tackle those specialising in vandalising national critical assets particularly oil pipelines, electricity and communication cables for personal gains, resolved to set up the Asset Monitoring Unit “to step up its efforts in bringing the perpetrators to book”.
Muhammadu in the message signed by the Asset Monitoring Commandant for Zone F, Mr. Solomon Olasupo, said that as at the end of November, 2015, NSCDC in the zone had arrested suspects with no fewer than 40 trucks, some hundreds of petrol kegs and drums, motorcycles, pumping machines, various types of plumbing materials, generating sets, pipes as well as other sundry materials such as drilling and cutting implements.
“In Ondo and Oyo states alone, about 30 trucks were in the custody of the NSCDC with several other vehicles and various working implements which were being used by these undesirable elements before they were caught. We are declaring a total war and there is no going back”, he said
The NSCDC boss added that about 100 cases were instituted against suspected vandals by the NSCDC in various courts across the south western part of Nigeria, while about 10 cases have been concluded with the convicts forfeiting their seized vehicles to the federal government while some of them had been auctioned by the appropriate authorities consequent on the court’s approval.
While charging parents to monitor their children irrespective of their locations as many young persons left home under the pretext of going out to do legitimate jobs but end up working with saboteurs. He said the vehicles and other valuables used for such nefarious activities would be forfeited to the federal government while the same will be auctioned.