Soldiers Force NSCDC Officers To Take To Their Heels After Serious Clash

Must Read

I Hope You Like The Road I Built In Your Neighborhood: Akeredolu Mocks PDP Chieftain

Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressive Congress(APC) has fired a direct shot at Tayo Jegede, the...

Nigerian Newspaper Headlines Today: 26th February 2020

Good Morning, welcome to Information Nigeria's Newspaper headlines for today, 26th February 2020.Here are the major headlines.Obaseki Is Training...

UEFA Champions League: Barcelona Records First Leg Advantage Over Napoli

Frenchman, Antoine Griezman saved the night for Barcelona as they were on the verge of losing to Italian side,...

UEFA Champions League: Chelsea Humbled By Bayern Munich At Stamford Bridge

Chelsea were beaten by three goals to nil during their clash with German side, Bayern Munich at Stamford Bridge.The...

NECO Dismisses 19 Workers Over Certificate Forgery

The National Examinations Council (NECO) has dismissed 19 of its workers for forging their certificates.Their dismissal was approved by...
Information Nigeria
Information Nigeria is Nigeria's No.1 Information Portal.


The 16 Brigade of Nigerian Army, Yenagoa, and the Bayelsa State Command of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have clashed over the seizure of two tankers conveying suspected diverted petrol, Punch has reported.

The report stated that the incident happened on Friday when the NSCDC officers impounded the trucks along Ogbia-Nembe road. While taking the trucks to its command’s headquarters, they were intercepted by soldiers of the 16 Brigade.

As they clashed, the soldiers who outnumbered the NSCDC personnel, took possession of the truck and compelled the civil defenders to take to their heels.

While officials of NSCDC maintained that it was their mandate under the law to handle oil theft, check diversion of petroleum products, the soldiers claimed that the NSCDC’s operation was suspicious.

Reacting to the development on Monday, The State Commandant, NSCDC,  Mr. Godwin Nwachukwu,  said the two security agencies were already in talks to resolve the face-off.

Nwachukwu said, “Our personnel and soldiers had an encounter in the field but the leadership of the sister security agencies has stepped in and maturity has come to play and we are jointly handling the case.

“Our mandate is very clear and unambiguous when it comes to protecting oil and gas facilities, curbing oil theft, and checking diversion of petroleum products. What happened was unfortunate, but due to the excellent relationship we have, it is being resolved.

“We are working with the Army and investigation is already underway.”

The spokesman for the 16 Brigade Nigerian Army, Maj. Danjuma Danjuma, said on Monday that the Army intercepted the trucks under “suspicious circumstances” as the community members and NSCDC were engaged in bitter arguments when the soldiers came.

He said that samples of the products were undergoing laboratory tests to ascertain whether the products were illegally refined or duly sourced from the Nigerian National Petroleum Company as claimed by the owners of the products.

He said that until the suspicions were cleared, the trucks would remain with the Brigade.

Danjuma said, “The trucks are safe and test results are expected in a few days.”

However, there may be fuel shortages in Bayelsa as the various unions in the fuel distribution chain including tanker drivers, have ceased to supply the products until the two trucks are released.

It was learnt that the drivers of the trucks are still being kept in the custody of the 16 Brigade headquarters in Yenagoa.

Stay updated with the latest Nigerian news from Information Nigeria

- Advertisement -
Ad ==> Discover how a young Nigerian graduate now makes a consistent 40k per week doing a legitimate online business. You too can start yours now, click here!!!


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -