Police Tackles Oil Pipeline Vandals, Recovers 17 Trucks Loaded with Petroleum Products in Ajaokuta
In its continued determination to ensure the protection of oil installations, especially NNPC pipelines across the country, the Nigeria Police Force said it a syndicate of NNPC pipeline vandals was smashed over the weekend at Agayin, Ajaokuta LGA of Kogi State.
This fit was recorded by the newly constituted IGP’s Special Taskforce on Anti Pipeline Vandalization headed by ACP F.T Ibadin, who working on information received on 7th September, 2012 from a good-spirited Nigerian, stormed Adogo village with officers and men of the Taskforce on 8th September, 2012 and dislodged the vandals, Police Said.
A statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba said the vandals, over-powered by the Police, took to their heels, abandoning Seventeen (17) trucks, majority of them already loaded with stolen petroleum products. A Honda car, a Volkswagen Golf car, some offensive weapons and other equipment used by the suspects to siphon petroleum products from vandalized NNPC pipelines were also recovered. The Special Taskforce also arrested one Stephen Amana of Adogo village who confirmed to own one of the trucks.
He said the Inspector-General of Police, IGP MD Abubakar, has commended members of the Taskforce for their timely response which led to the recovery of the items and the arrest of the suspect. He further stated that the Force will leave no stone unturned in forestalling further vandalization of pipelines by hoodlums.
“The IGP expressed his gratitude to the Governor and people of Kogi State for their cooperation and support before, during and after the operations. He stated that their information to the Police assisted in no small measure in the success of the Special Taskforce.”
“The IGP, while assuring Nigerians of the Police readiness to fulfill its constitutional mandate, appealed for a more cordial relationship between the Police and the public,” the statement added.
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