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The Lagos State Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Babatunde Titilola has explained how men and officers stopped pipeline vandalism in the state.
The commandant explained that the vandals fled the state due to the command’s high level of security and intelligence gathering.
Titilola disclosed this in an Interview with Punch Newspaper on Wednesday.
He stated that several measures have been introduced into the corps to ensure adequate security of the oil pipelines.
“It has been about 15 months since I assumed office. Prior to my coming, we had a lot of issues like vandalism, arson and oil theft. I have taken a new dimension in sensitising staff members on the need to protect our image and be focused on our mandate. After that serious discussion.
“When you have effective policing, the perpetrators will run away. They have relocated from Lagos. This is because we won’t relent in our efforts. We arrest and prosecute immediately. We have prosecuted about 16 cases and confiscated 10 trucks in less than one year. We do not compromise. We work together with the Navy.
“The NSCDC is having a great relationship with other agencies. We meet and share intelligence more than ever. We constantly interact on how to make Lagos a crime-free state. The new Commissioner of Police has been cooperating. He met with us and we agreed to work together. He has been carrying us along. We meet in security meetings. The Navy and Army have also been cooperating in handing over suspects to us to prosecute. Nobody knows it all.
“One other interesting development in Lagos is that the pumping of oil into the pipeline has stopped. The Lagos axis of the pipeline is well protected. This pumping is from Lagos to Mosimi in Ogun State. We now pump into private depots. The way we police in Lagos has made all of them relocate. The new system is that the pumping will now be controlled to be within Lagos only.”
He further advised the citizens to provide proper information to security agencies as and when due.
“Lagos citizens should not live on unsubstantiated rumours. They should provide information to security agents. If they see something, they should say something. Security is our collective responsibility. We should all be security officers.
“Also, concerning the forthcoming elections, we expect peaceful conduct because we will not hesitate to arrest anybody who wants to disrupt the smooth running of campaigns and elections. We will adhere strictly to the law.”
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