Nigeria: War Against Pipeline Vandals

Chiemelie Ezeobi writes that the war against pipeline vandalism in the Lagos area by operatives of the Nigerian Navy Ship Beecroft, has yielded tremendous success with the recovery of stolen products and the arrest of several suspects.

“I am a fisherman by trade. It was my elder brother who bought the petrol. He asked me to carry them in my canoe to meet buyers. That was when the navy arrested me.” Those were the words of Agbotou Firmin, a Beninnois fisherman, whose stock in trade was to transport stolen and vandalised petroleum products belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corperation (NNPC) to the end users.

Firmin was one of the five Beninnois, alongside Sohe Soule, Gbenou Daniel, Dosspu Vigor and Sodohe Olivier, who were recently arrested by the Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) Beecroft and handed over to Lagos Commandant of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Mr. Tajudeen Balogun.

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