The Lagos State Command of the NSCDC at the early hours of Saturday arrested eight suspects in possession of illegal premium motor spirit (PMS) and it also discovered two buildings in Alimosho Local Government where stolen PMS products are stored .
According the Commandant in charge of the Command Mr. Adesuyi Clement Dayo, two well were dugged within the residence to the level of pipelines where the suspects siphoned PMS products directly from the pipeline.
As at the time of arrest, eight persons were arrested from one of the buildings while the occupants of the second building are at large.
Armed personnel of the Corps have since taken over the buildings to prevent oil thieves from returning for the illicit business says the Commandant.
Also the Commandant of the Kwara State Command of NSCDC, Mr. Yerima Gana, denied reports published in some dailies alleging the arrest of five NSCDC personnel for scooping fuel, he attributed it to personal animosity and hatred for the Corps by the Police.
According to the Commandant, rather than enjoying synergy and collaboration, the Corps has been facing unnecessary rivalry from the police.
Yerima stressed that, recently, the Corps was given a Pick-up Hillux vehicle by the management of NNPC for the purpose of monitoring and effective policing of the various right of ways based on the successes recorded so far which triggered the anger as its been perceived by the police that the gesture received by the Corps its a signal that the Corps is about taking over the protection of NNPC infrastructure considering what they have been benefiting.
The hatred and jealousy equally became obvious when the Kwara State Command of the Corps sent out invitation letters to all agencies of government including the police, public and private sectors, the Governor, State Assembly Members, Judiciary, NNPC and its subsidiaries, Telecommunications industries , P H C N, Traditional and Religious leaders, Youth Organisations, Armed Forces and other Security Agencies among others to invite them to the stakeholders forum in order to discuss the Corps mandate as regards protection of critical National Assets and Infrastructure and the need for synergy and collaboration by all other stakeholders.
It is worthy of note that, the acclaimed arrested personnel were deployed officially and legally to guard the NNPC leaking pipeline as requested by the authority. Therefore, the idea of the police team claiming they went on supervision on the ground of information received which led to the arrest of the personnel was baseless and uncalled for.
The Commandant reiterates that, the police authority should note that the personnel were deployed by an authority and if there was any such information concerning them, without prejudice the Commander.