The anti-vandalism team of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ogun State Command has arrested a 40-year-old father of seven in connection with vandalism.
Raji Akeem who claimed to have come from Alagbado area of Lagos State was arrested at Ipara in Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun State while siphoning fuel from a pipeline already vandalised into their waiting buses full of jerry-cans and drums.
In a statement, Public Relations Officer, Kareem Olanrewaju said, “Some of the vandals took to their heels immediately they sighted our men; they were pursued and one of them was arrested while others escaped.
“The syndicate which specialises in vandalising pipelines and trading in petroleum products siphoned from pipelines hid drums and kegs inside those buses to prevent being detected by security operatives.”
Raji explained that pipeline vandalism had been lucrative and it served as a means of survival because he realises minimum of N40,000 on each trip.
“The case will be thoroughly investigated. This period of the year is a period when the hoodlums like to make quick money and we have taken measures to curtail them.
“Items recovered from him are two Ford buses with number plates Lagos FKJ 342 XC and Lagos LSD 522 XE,13 drums of petroleum product, 11 of 25-litre kegs containing petroleum products, nine empty drums and 43 empty 50-litre kegs,” the NSCDC said.