By Victor Nwachukwu
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) reported the arrest of two alleged pipeline vandals in Imo.
Commandant Matthew Ovye, who spoke at the conclusion of the NSCDC Senior Management Meeting in Owerri on Tuesday, revealed the names of the suspects as Paul Akunne (35 years old) and Lucky Chioma (24 years old). He said they were taken into custody in Ohaji-Egbema council area after information was gathered.
Ovye noted that this operation was consistent with the responsibility of the NSCDC to safeguard Nigeria’s valuable holdings.
He said that with the removal of the subsidy on petroleum by President Bola Tinubu, the NSCDC had further been charged by its Commandant-General, Mr Ahmed Audi, to redouble efforts to protect oil and gas installations in the country.
“The Nigerian Government means well for the masses but a few unrepentant elements want to sabotage the efforts of Government.
“This is why, in line with our mandate, we have gone all out to prevent them and soon, their sponsors will also be apprehended.
“We must bring oil saboteurs to their knees and create an enabling environment to allow genuine actors work to improve Nigeria’s internally generated revenue especially now that petroleum subsidy has been removed,” he said.
Addressing senior officers at the meeting, Ovye charged them to remain apolitical, professional and disciplined during and after the November 11 governorship election in the state.
He frowned at acts of indiscipline in the command such as improper dressing, negligence, unwholesome talks and disregard for superiors and charged Heads of Departments, Units, sectors and formations to take responsibility.
He also admonished the officers to desist from unguided use of the social media adding that the command would deal with defaulting officers, in line with already established rules of conduct and operation.