Officers of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have arrested five suspected oil bunkerers and seized four vehicles in connection with the arrests, in Imo.
Commandant of the NSCDC in Imo, Matthew Ovye, disclosed this while parading the suspects in Owerri, on Tuesday.
Daily Post reports that about 30,000 litres of Automotive Gas Oil (diesel) were also recovered from the suspects.
Ovye said four suspects and vehicles were arrested during an operation conducted by the Special Intelligence Squad of the corps’ Commandant-General, Ahmed Audi, on December 8, following a tip-off.
He added that one more suspect and a vehicle were further arrested by the anti-vandal team of the NSCDC in Imo at 4:00 AM on Monday, December 11.
According to him, the suspects were arrested at the Abacheke and Agwa communities of the Ohaji-Egbema and Oguta Local Government Areas of the state respectively.
The commandant further said the command has largely decimated the activities of vandals in the state and would not rest on its oars until they are reduced to the barest minimum.
“In the past, they used to move with trucks but now they use salon cars and smaller vehicles, meaning that we have really decimated them and they are now in hiding.
“With the C-G’s combined team and holistic synergy with sister agencies, we’ll nip this in the bud”, he said.
He, however, said that the suspects will be prosecuted after investigations.
He called on Imo residents to report suspected crimes to security agencies to enable them protect the lives and property of Nigerians.
One of the suspects, Mr Kingsley Ngwoli of the Ohaji-Egbema LGA, said he bought the petroleum product along Abacheke Road, Oguta, without knowing that it was the product of illegal bunkering.