Three trucks, suspected to be loaded with crude oil by pipeline vandals, was intercepted early hours of Sunday at Gegu- Egba in Kogi State by men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
Spokesperson of the Corps, Emmanuel Okeh, made the disclosure in an exclusive chat with Premium Times.
“The anti vandal squad of the corps at the early hours of today swooped on the pipeline vandals who took to their heels while the three oil tankers with the capacity of 33,000 litres each at Gegu – Egba in Koton Karfe Local Government Area of Kogi State, were seized.
“As at the time of arrest, two of the tankers have been loaded with the crude oil using tankers with Conoil registration plate number plateau AA 417 MBD and plate number KADUNA XA 719KM belonging to Master Energy Oil & Gas labelled NNPC but carries no logo of any company,” he said.
Mr. Okey further revealed that the vandalisation “took place at at Gegu kilometers 243 and 330 NNPC right of way, 20 kilometers to Awawa filling station, Abaji. The suspected vandals had already busted three pipes with holes.”
As at the time of filling this report, Premium Times gathered that controversy was brewing over who had the right to apprehend the vandals as the Police Task Force on Pipeline Vandalisation later moved in and took two of the loaded tankers to Awawa Pumping Station, claiming it was for ’safe keeping’.
An NSCDC operative said after uncovering the activities of the suspected thieves, every attempt by the corps to take charge of the situation was resisted by police.
“The police threatened us with their arms,” he said.