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The Nigerian Army Record Lokoja, says it has handed over 45,000 litres of crude oil recovered from suspected vandals to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).
During the handover, the Acting Public Relations Officer Nigerian Army Record Lokoja, Capt. Nick Ejeh said troops made the seizure following a recent raid in Irepeni, Kogi State.
While handing over the illegal crude oil to the Kogi State Command of NSCDC, Capt. Nick Ejeh told newsmen that, the troops of the command got a tip off from the public that some suspected vandals were transporting the illegal product to an unknown destination.
Capt. Ejeh, who doubles as the Intelligent Officer of the command said, the suspected vandals took to their heels, when they gathered that, troops were coming after them.
According to him: “the command has made concerted effort in arresting the perpetrators. Though they are yet to be arrested, but as I speak to you we have not rested on our oars and the entire public should be rest assured that the perpetuators will be caught to face the full wrath of the law.”
He commended the synergy between the Army and other Security Agencies in the State noting that; the Army will continue to collaborate with other agencies to see that Kogi State is free from all criminal elements.
The Army Intelligent Officer however urged the public to cooperate with security agency and go about their normal activities assuring them that; “The Military in particular would do everything humanly possible to make Kogi State a home for all.”
Receiving the impounded tanker suspected to be filled with crude oil, the Kogi State Commandant Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Commandant Philip Ayodele lauded the discipline among the ranks and file of the Nigeria Army.
The commandant who is one month old in Kogi State vows that the command will continue to synergize with the entire security network in the State to get Kogi State out of crime.
“We are very happy that; we have the Military that are ready to synergize with us and not ready to compromise in any form in a bid to get rid of pipe line vandalism in the Country. I can assure Kogite that this synergy will continue.
“I promise to consolidate on the synergy I have seen in Kogi State. I am happy that the activities of vandals are being exposed by the Military” the Commandant added.
He appealed to citizen of State to always provide vital information the command to fight the scourge of pipeline vandalism and all crime related activities in the State.
Earlier, the Commander Army Record Lokoja Major General E.M Njokwu while speaking on the security situation of the state told newsmen that, the Army is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring adequate security in the state.
The commander who spoke through his Chief of Staff Brigadier General Gideon Ayetunmobi thanked the State Government for providing an enabling environment for all Security Agencies towards the protection of lives and properties in the State.
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