Faith Aghaeze, Abuja
As part of efforts to rid the country of pipelines vandals and to strengthen the corps fight against oil theft , The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, said it has concluded plans to deploy 400 drones ,aircraft other equipment to monitor oil installation in Nigeria.
The Commandant-General of the corps , Ade Abolurin said this while addressing newly promoted States Commandants yesterday at the civil defence training ground in Sauka Abuja. Abolurin , who decried the spate of pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the country, said the corps was working round the clock to stem the tide, adding that less that 5 month the corps has arrested 250 vandals. “I can assure you that we are already exploring new approaches which will include the massive deployment of technology as opposed to the outdated conventional approach you are use to,’’ he said.
According to Abolurin “Some drones had already been deployed on a test run basis in some areas in the Niger Delta region such as Bayelsa, to test its efficacy.” “ So far this year about, 250 vandals had been directly arrested, while another 100 were arrested by other security agencies and handed over to them for prosecution, with 35 successfully convicted. The corps had also stepped up its protection of other critical infrastructure in the country such as power installation, telecommunication masts and equipment so as to ensure better service delivery to Nigerians”.
He said Ask what effort the agency is making to get more funds from government in tackling vandalism “in tackling vandalism, technology is required, we are in partnership with multinational agencies working out on how to fight this crime” “ In budget we are not complaining, when we get there , we will approach the government. Whatever challenges we are going through now our gallant officers are capable of handling it” his word.”