Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
NSCDC decries activities of oil theft syndicates in Bayelsa

By News Express on 25/02/2018

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 681


The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Bayelsa Command, says the activities of a powerful oil theft syndicate in the state are tarnishing the image of the organisation and its efforts against economic saboteurs.

Speaking on Saturday in Yenagoa, the state capital, Mr Godwin Nwachukwu, the state NSCDC Commandant, said that allegations that officials of the Command shot a vigilance team member were untrue.

He said that criminal oil theft syndicates who were sabotaging the efforts of the Command to safeguard national assets in the oilfields located in the state were behind the allegations to divert attention from ongoing massive oil theft.

He maintained that officials of the Command were well trained in handling arms and do not use firearms indiscriminately.

His words: “There are efforts to distract us, blackmail us and divert attention from our war against oil theft and vandalism on oil infrastructure which affects the environment and the nation’s economy.

“Ikarama is notorious for oil theft, pipeline vandalism and the syndicate has always adopted various devilish strategies to frustrate the efforts of the NSCDC to stop their practices, despite the antics of these evil merchants, we remain resolute to end this economic crime.

“In the early hours of Monday our anti-vandal team based in Ikarama community responded to a case of sabotage on oil pipeline in the area, our men did not release a single gunshot even amidst provocation, they were professional in the operation.

“Though the prime suspect escaped, we were able to arrest a woman who works with him and knew his whereabouts, the woman was interrogated and later released.

“We did not shoot or injure anybody, the claim is not true.”

Nwachukwu said that the Command however responded to the allegations of shooting an indigene out of its sensitivity to human rights of citizens and embarked on a fact-finding mission and offered to take the supposed victim to hospital.

“We requested before the king to take the so called victim to a hospital of their choice for medical examination, but the community refused. We cannot succumb to any plot by vandals and their sponsors to stop us from carrying our lawful duties,” Nwachukwu said.

He vowed that the “spurious allegations” would not deter the Command from its mandate.

According to him, the officials deployed to protect oil facilities at Ikarama community shot in self-defense when attacked by the community youths.

He explained that the Command acted in response to reports of persistent sabotage on oil facilities by deploying men to arrest suspects behind the vandalism.

The Commandant said that after the earlier operation on February 20, members of the community had ambushed men of the NSCDC who were on their legitimate duties at the oilfields.

According to Nwachukwu, the community people demobilised the metal bridge that serves as exit to trap the NSCDC men.

“In the face of the threat my men acted in self-defense and fired two warning shots into the air to scare away the hostile crowd armed with dangerous weapons, no one was shot at, and no one was injured,” he explained.

However, Chief Richard Seiba, the traditional ruler of Ikarama, in his reaction to the alleged shooting of one Mr Perekurofa Odoyibo, alleged that NSCDC officials shot the victim who is currently receiving medical attention.

“What the Civil Defence people did was regrettable. They shot the boy twice in the arm and leg. I have just visited him and he is in pains,” the monarch said.

Mr Ben Warder, a youth leader in the area, also said that personnel of the Bayelsa Command of NSCDC had visited the victim at home where he was being treated with local herbs.

“We are at a loss why the same people who denied shooting of our youths came and wanted to take away the victim; they came with so much force and did not tell us that they were taking him to hospital.

“That was why we refused, they must first accept responsibility for what happened, and that we believe is the first logical step to resolving this,” the youth leader said.

Source News Express

Posted 25/02/2018 09:10:17 AM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25 minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Thunderstorm to dominate today’s weather, says NiMET

I am among the best Governors ever in...

Abuja comes under siege from criminals

Chime’s brother and sister take over power in...

Obaseki v Iyamu: Witnesses allege fraud during Edo...

The clumsy plot to oust Aviation Minister: STELLA...

Bloodbath as teenage bomber kills over 50 in...

Underdevelopment: Apologise to your kinsmen, Anioma group tells...

Judge handling case of attempted assassination of Dino...

New PDP warms up to receive 5 new...

Senate adjourns till Feb. 21 •Directs probe of...

Bandits ban farming activities in parts of Zamfara,...

 

Latest News Submit yourself to EFCC probe, PDP tells Oshiomhole DSS denies doctor, family access to Abaribe — Lawyer Governors steal show with dancing skills at APC Convention Account for N16.7 bn IGR, PDP tells Fayemi Lagos: 21 suspected killers in police net Northern states responsible for herdsmen crisis — Olu Falae Gunmen abduct wife of traditional ruler, driver in Ondo Curfew in Plateau as rampaging herdsmen kill 86 Cholera claims 3 in Gombe, 27 hospitalised APC Convention: Delegates’ clash is ‘nothing too serious’ — Okorocha Fidelity Bank, 5 others pay N155.45bn into sinking fund in 3 years - AMCON Bayelsa youth group to Dickson: Keep pact despite commissioner’s defection to APC

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (353,128 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (353,108 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (281,068 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (230,661 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (209,473 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (209,464 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (182,309 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (164,484 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (154,156 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (149,099 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (144,253 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (135,948 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (50) Business & Economy (3,268) Business Verdict (44) Columnists (871) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (507) Features (608) Global Business Monitor (284) International (2,056) Interview (155) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (124) News (36,469) Opinion (1,005) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,340) Religion (772) Sports (1,563) Stock Watch (30) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Nigeria vs Iceland 2-0 All Goals & Highlights

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement