A total of 473 suspected oil thieves have been arrested by the anti-vandal team of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the end of the first half of year 2013.
In the data made available to Daily Trust, 155 suspects were arrested in Rivers State while Lagos and Akwa-Ibom states accounted for 84 and 65 of the total arrests.
Among the 473 arrested, 32 have been convicted while 427 were still undergoing trial.
The break down shows that 13 were convicted in Lagos State while Oyo and Rivers states have 8 and 3 convicts respectively.
Also, from the data made available to Daily Trust, Lagos and Oyo states were the most notorious in vandalism of pipelines as they shared the total 64, 600 of kegs of petrol (PMS) recovered within the same period14, 600 and 50, 000 respectively.
However, Bayelsa and Delta states top the number of petrol tanks seized with 22 each, while 4 tanks were retrieved in Anambra State.
In the same time frame, the NSCDC recovered 1,474,000 litters of kerosene (AGO) from vandals.
The document also showed that four illegal refineries were discovered and sealed within the first six month of the year.
Speaking on the activities of vandals in the country, the Commandant General of the Corps, Dr. Ade Abolurin said it was worrisome.
While lamenting the adverse impacts of such activities on the country’s economy, he assured that the Corps will not relent in its efforts to continue protecting critical government infrastructures.
Abolurin assured that NSCDC personnel were adequately equipped to tackle vandals in Nigeria.
Information from Daily Trust was used in this report.