The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has so far arrested over 400 suspected oil thieves nationwide.
The NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, made the disclosure when he appeared on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja.
“We have arrested over 400 suspects that were found vandalizing our pipelines and some were found transporting vandalized crude oil, we have closed down and burnt over 50 illegally refineries,” he said.
Audi, however, said that the incidences of oil theft remained very alarming and of great concern to government and good citizens of the country.
He said that the Corps still require advance security gadgets to apprehend and monitor the activities of oil thieves in pipeline areas across the country.
According to him, the recent provision of gunboats will help to track and apprehend the oil thieves.
“We have recently commissioned some number of gunboats and the gunboats have in it some very high calibre security gadgets to be used to monitor and apprehend these oil thieves.
“We also recently commissioned a number of operational vehicles at which I also made it clear that we have installed in them some very sensitive security gadgets that will give us information.
“This will give us information on how our personnel will monitor the pipelines with a view to arresting and prosecuting,” he said.
Audi explained that the EFCC was also involved with the prosecution of oil thieves, just like the NSCDC.
“It may interest you to know that if you go through the Petroleum Act, you would know that the two agencies that are expected to prosecute oil thieves are the Civil Defence and EFCC,” he said.
He assured that the NSCDC would remain committed to the protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in line with its mandate, including oil pipelines.
“We are all aware that till today the mainstay of Nigeria’s economy is still oil, it’s only recently the government decided to diversify to other sectors like agriculture, minerals etc,” he said.
Dr Ahmed Audi, Commandant General (CG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has described the level of pipeline vandalism in Niger Delta as massive, devastating and sad.
Audi who featured on the News Agency of Nigeria Forum in Abuja, said that in spite of the situation, the Corps has remained committed to tackling the problem.
Audi said that the Corps had arrested and prosecuted many of the pipeline vandals.
“I had a tour last month to pipeline locations especially in Niger Delta, it is very sad, very, very sad and very devastating.
“If you see the amount of vandalism where you will see people go inside the river, sea and puncture pipes.
“I don’t know how they do it, I don’t know whether they have divers who go inside, puncture a pipe, use a valve, dig a hole and then they will connect the pipe to a house that is close to the river and begin to take the fuel,” he said.
Audi assured that the Corps has been tracking and arresting such vandals and economic saboteurs to insulate the nation’s economy.
He added that the NSCDC had also turned the search lights on its personnel who may have compromised in the course of discharging their responsibilities to the country.
The CG assured that any of the personnel found culpable would be dealt with decisively “Anybody no matter how highly placed, no matter his level or rank that is involved in colluding or conniving or in some form of compromise with oil thieves would be severely sanctioned,” Audi assured.
The NSCDC boss, however, said that the Corps was in need of new technologies to tackle the level of pipeline vandalism and other criminal activities in the country.
“We have realized globally now that what is used to tackle insecurity is technology.
It is easier when you have technology.
“So, it is a challenge now in the Corps that we don’t have enough, of course you can never have enough, so we want to plead with the government just like Oliver Twist for more,” he said.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for the new equipment and operational vehicles recently supplied to enhance operational efficiency in the Corps.
Dr Ahmed Audi, Commandant General (CG) of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has called on citizens to embrace and promote peace to enhance growth of the nation.
Audi, speaking on the World Peace Day, said that the day should be celebrated with the aim of strengthening the ideals of peace globally.
He said that Nigeria could only progress socially, politically and economically when citizens and its leaders exhibit peaceful conducts, unity and justice.
He frowned at negative vices that could be detrimental to the stability and growth of the nation.
He also warned citizens against getting involved in criminal acts such as willful destruction of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, ethnic agitations, religious bigotry, banditry, kidnapping, terrorism and activities that promotes insecurity in the country.
Audi said that all efforts by the Corps and other security agencies to enforce law and order would amount to nothing if the public failed to imbibe peaceful conducts.
He advised citizens on the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to resolve various disputes emanating from daily activities and interactions.
He further called on Nigerians to approach the Peace and Conflict Resolution Unit of the Corps in all its formations nationwide to help resolve crisis and conflicts through the ADR.
Dr Ahmed Audi, Commandant General (CG) of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), has ordered state Commandants to carry out massive arrests and prosecution of oil thieves nationwide.
Audi said that the Commandants must deploy all machineries both on land and in the waterways to carry out the task.
The directive is contained in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja by the NSCDC Director of Public Relations, Mr Olusola Odumosu.
“I have distributed the newly acquired gunboats to you for the purpose of waging war against the enemies of our commonwealth.
“There is no excuse for failure anymore, I want to see you put a stop to revenue loss due to illegal oil activities in the nation.
“I therefore charge you to remain firm, focused and fierce with the enemies of the nation who have vowed to continue sabotaging our economy,” Audi added.
The CG said that the timely reform and reconstitution of NSCDC Anti-Vandalism Unit, would aid the commandants to track, arrest and prosecute the oil thieves.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Audi, on Sept.6 dissolved the unit and directed the dismantling of all illegal road blocks it set up nationwide.
He reminded the commandants that the timely reform of the squad as directed by Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was to rejig the corps’ war against vandals and oil thieves.
The CG also said it would enhance the protection of national assets, especially petroleum pipelines and other oil installations.
“It is also aimed at putting a stop to all forms of sabotage in the oil sector through arrests and diligent prosecution of oil thieves, their sponsors and all those dealing illegally in petroleum products.
“The reconstitution of the reformed Anti-Vandal Unit with fresh bloods who have new zeal for success is central and germane to our core mandate.
“The nation is losing a lot of revenues to illegal oil merchants and this has a debilitating effect on the economy,” he said.
The CG assured that NSCDC as the lead agency in the protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure, will continue its scientific synergy with other security agencies.
He said that the Corps’ would continue to share intelligence reports and avoid unnecessary rivalry with all security agencies.
“Collaborations between security agencies is very necessary to foster greater success in our efforts to ward off all threats challenging the country’s national security architecture,” he added.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has urged the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) to waive its charges for the testing suspected adulterated petroleum products.
NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, requested for the waiver while hosting members of a Presidential Task Force, Operation White (OPW) at the Corps’ Headquarters on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to Audi, the Corps paid between N80,000 and N100,000 to NNPCL for laboratory testing and analysis of suspected adulterated petroleum products it apprehended.
The CG further sought the support of NNPCL in the acquisition of working tools and equipment to enable the NSCDC diligently pursue its mandate.
He expressed concern over incessant vandalism of oil facilities and attack on security personnel by oil thieves and smugglers sabotaging the country’s economy.
The CG, therefore, called for joint efforts to protect the oil sector which drives Nigeria’s economy from economic saboteurs, oil thieves, illegal bunkerers and pipeline vandals.
He appreciated the Taskforce for the visit and assured of continuous collaboration in curbing and prosecuting those involved in petroleum related crimes.
Audi commended the Federal Government’s commitment to ending oil theft in the country, and sought for the support of all well-meaning Nigerians.
Earlier, OPW Team Lead, Mr Tijjani Mohammed said that the team was set up to curtail hoarding, diversion and smuggling of petroleum products.
He said that the partnership between NSCDC and the team will help to effectively protect all states, including the FCT.
Mohammed decried the unrepentant nature of smugglers bent on sabotaging Federal Government efforts to nip illegal oil bunkering in the bud.
He said that OPW will not relent in its efforts to curtail all sharp practices until sanity was enthroned in the oil sector.
He said that the team’s seven boarder points will require the services of NSCDC Intelligence Squard and legal support for prosecution of suspects.
Mohammed said that the Taskforce was determined to share intelligence reports with the Corps and other sister agencies.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has partnered with Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), on forensic and investigative psychology to foster behavioural pattern of its personnel.
The agreement was reached on Friday in Abuja when the NSUK Psychology Department delegation, led by Prof. Emmanuel Alhassan, paid a courtesy visit on NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi. Alhasan applauded the NSCDC for taking criminal intent assessment, mental health and psychological fitness tests for armed operatives and personnel seriously.
He, however, said in spite of the setting up of Forensic and Behavioural Unit, the NSCDC should also strengthen its activities by providing psychological services.
“We urge you to reinforce these services because more than ever before, the country needs these services,” he said.
Alhassan urged the NSCDC to take advantage of the university’s new postgraduate programme of Masters in Forensic and Investigative Psychology, to enhance the capacity of its staff.
“This will further foster the collaboration between both organisations in the area of training, professional service and ensure better psychological sanity in the corps,” he said.
The Psychologist appealed to the CG to attend the Annual Scientific Conference of the Nigerian Association of Forensic Psychologist, scheduled to hold on Oct.19, as a key speaker.
Responding, Audi said the partnership was apt, central and germane, adding that forensic and investigative psychology was essential to all departments of the corps.
“I want the corps to be driven by knowledge by partaking in programmes that will boost our capacity.
“We assure you that we will use all our might in urging personnel to enrol for the new psychology programme,” he said.
He reiterated that NSCDC Standard Operating Procedure cited that accidental discharge was non-acceptable in the corps “To curb some of these challenges we established the Forensic and Behavioural unit which also helps with the psychological testing of personnel.
“The testing is to educate personnel to be at alert once with arms and not allow the euphoria of carrying arms affect their thinking.
” Audi said that his vision was to create more elites in the corps and create a world class elite organisation committed to the protection of citizens and critical national assets and infrastructure.
The Nigeria Security and Civil DefenceCorps (NSCDC) says it has destroyed 71 illegal refineries, and arrested about 501 suspected pipeline vandals and oil thieves.
NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, who disclosed this in his remarks on Thursday in Abuja at the inauguration of 93 operational vehicles for the Corps by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Audi explained that the figure represented achievements of the corps between January and August.
He noted that the specialised operational vehicles would be used to combat potential threats to national security, resulting from felonious acts.
He identified such acts as crude oil theft, illegal bunkering, smuggling, pipeline vandalism and other crimes within the coastal and offshore areas.
He explained that the inaugurated vehicles would be deployed to commands and the headquarters, alongside designated special duties.
He warned that any personnel found to connive or compromise national security would face the law court of ethics and the corps’ Standard Operational Procedure for appropriate sanctions.
Audi expressed appreciation to other sister security agencies and stakeholders for their continuous collaboration and cooperations.
Meanwhile, Aregbesola charged the corps to remain intolerant of anything that posed threat to the safety and peace of Nigerians.
He said that the acquisition of the operational vehicles was a proactive step to addressing internal insecurity in the country.
“Utilise and maintain the vehicles to serve their purpose and ensure to train personnel to operate the vehicles,” he said.
According to him, there are challenges of vandalism of critical assets, oil theft, banditry, insurgency, amongst others that must be eliminated.
“The incessant attacks on our Critical National Assets and Infrastructure in particular have become a grievous wound dangerously bleeding the nation’s economy and this must be effectively addressed, checkmated and curbed.
“We shall not relent but must remain focused to eradicate the existence of criminals which is the essence of equipping the corps.
” Aregbesola assured the corps of the Federal Government’s continuous support in repositioning it to maintain the pride of place in ensuring national security.
He called on NSCDC to remain steadfast, urging them to improve in their synergy with the Army, Police and other security agencies.
“NSCDC plays a complementary role so there shouldn’t be rivalry,” he advised.
He further called on officers and men of the corps to imbibe the attitude of civility, compassion and adopt communication methods to engage citizens.
He, however, warned that being civil to citizens shouldn’t deter the corps from being firm but avoid brutality.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has constituted a panel to investigate a viral video of a personnel caught allegedly extorting money from a petroleum marketer in Rivers.
This is contained in a statement by NSCDC spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu, on Monday in Abuja.
The Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi said anyone indicted by the panel will be dealt with decisively.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that an NSCDC personnel was caught by a Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV) extorting money.
He also mandated it to conduct a forensic examination of the trending video, identify those captured and recommend appropriate punishment, in accordance with Public Service Rules.
The CG gave the panel one week to authenticate the video and submit its report.
“I will make scapegoat of these bad elements within the system to serve as deterrent to others like them, if what is seen in that video is correct.
“This is going to be the last time any member of this service will be involved in such heinous crime, enough is enough.
“The Corps is out here leading the fight against oil theft and illegal oil bunkering and some bad eggs within the service are out there sabotaging our efforts, giving us bad names and image,” he said.
Audi reiterated that his administration would never tolerate any act capable of jeopardising public interest and the corps’ mandate of safeguarding critical national assets and infrastructure.
“Any officer caught in violation of the Corps Standard Operating Procedure and Code of Ethics will be decisively dealt with irrespective of rank, status or nativity.
“Only last week, I read the ‘Riot Act’ to all heads of Anti-vandal unit in the Niger Delta region, this time around, I will make sure that anyone dragging our name in the mud is shown the way out,” he said.
Audi reaffirmed the Corps’ commitment to saving the nation from economic saboteurs carting away the nation’s crude oil and other petroleum products.
“Few days ago, we commissioned eight gunboats in Port Harcourt, to wage a full scale war against oil theft and illegal bunkering.
“We will not be deterred from protecting our commonwealth and improving government’s revenue in this sector,” he reassured.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has issued operating licences to 20 Private Guard Companies (PGCs) and warned against the bearing or use of arms.
NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, in Abuja on Wednesday presented the licences with a stern warning.
Audi said that the licences were issued because they met with the standard of operations after several procedures and scrutiny.
“ The position you occupy is very central and germane to the existence of this country as long as security is concerned.
“This operating licence is not for business profits alone but an opportunity for you to contribute your quota to security,” he said.
He charged PGCs to give timely, credible and reliable intelligence, security reports to the corps for further actions.
“You must turn in intelligence security reports on monthly basis but very important reports should be turned in immediately.
“ Report to the corps all suspicious activities and movements around you.
“No service has monopoly of knowledge to tackle the insecurity the country is currently facing as we must all come together,” he said.
He warned that the corps would not hesitate to tackle PGCs who deviated from the standard of operations.
The CG further warned that operating licences of those who refused to renew would be revoked, stressing that licences were not transferable.
“ Upon close expiry of your licence, you must submit your letter of renewal three months before expiry and must register all staff,” he said.
He directed NSCDC state Commands to accompany PGCs to assignments that might portend danger.
“Trainings must involve the corps and on no account should any PGC change their headquarters or offices without informing the corps,” he warned.
He charged all representatives of PGCs to think of utmost importance of the welfare of staff.
“Underpayment of guards is unacceptable as their welfare should be considered to receive best duty results,” he said.
Dr Wilson Esangbedo, President of the Association of Licensed Private Security Practitioners of Nigeria (ALPSPN), assured of the association’s continuous collaboration with the corps.
Esangbedo advised PGCs to do everything within their power to protect their licences by following strictly, the regulations guiding their operations.
He further advised that any information that would help security agencies in the fight against criminals, should be reported immediately to avoid it being stale and unuseful.
“When you see something please say something by passing the information to the relevant agencies.
“This is because we are situated in all the LGA in the country and if we do our part we will complement the efforts of the corps,” he said.
Mr Ferdinand Esiegwu, Assistant Commandant General of PGC department, appreciated the CG for revamping the PGC unit of the corps.
Esiegwu said that the operators had been screened and found worthy both in character and training to run the affairs of PGC.
He advised the PGC representatives to put all they learnt from the corps into practice while starting their security operations.
Mr Olumide Ijogun, Managing Director, Desert Storm Ltd, advocated for collaboration as opposed to competition among the security organisations.
He enjoined his colleagues to comply with the regulations set by NSCDC because they were non-negotiable.
He appreciated the corps for the licences and assured that the PGCs would put the security of the country as of utmost importance.
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has begun the construction of 550 housing units for its personnel in Sokoto State Command.
A statement by NSCDC Spokesperson, Mr Olusola Odumosu on Monday in Abuja, revealed that the houses were being constructed at Milgoma, close to the Sultan Abubakar III International Airport, Sokoto.
Thr NSCDC Commandant General (CG), Ahmed Audi, said at the foundation laying ceremony of the houses that the project would address the housing need of officers and men of the Corps in the state.
The CG, represented by the Deputy Commandant General, Administration, Zakari Ningi, added that it was also part of the Corps welfare scheme for the personnel.
Audi said that a Turkish firm, Messrs Projects Limited, were awarded the contract.
“Let me therefore assure you that this is a phased project which will be replicated in all State Commands and the Federal Capital Territory.
“It is a deliberate attempt to further enhance productivity and operational efficiency.
”Audi said that the development would make ownership of houses more accessible and affordable to personnel, through easy and convenient payment plan.
He appreciated Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state for his magnanimity and express approval for the land, as well as waiver of payment of compensation to the land owners.
The CG assured more operational efficiency in enhancing security in the state.
He said that the Corps would continue to work closely with the Police, Military and other security agencies to ensure adequate security in state and country at large.