Nigeria Civil Defence parades five suspected pipeline vandals in Ondo

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The suspects were paraded on Thursday.

The Ondo State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Thursday, paraded five persons suspected to be oil pipeline vandals in the state.

The suspects were arrested in a Toyota car with registration number FD 848 LSR at Omotosho Village on the Ore-Sagamu Expressway.

They were said to be carrying items used to vandalise oil pipeline. The items included two pumping machines, one large generator and one welding machine.

Sources said the arrest was made possible based on the synergy among security agencies in the state as the suspects were arrested by men of the 19 Battalion of the Nigerian Army.

The military authorities thereafter handed them and the exhibits to the NSCDC Headquarters in Alagbaka, Ondo State.

The suspects include John Olivia, Damilola Ogunyemi, Olusegun Ogunduboye, Ayo Omogbehinmi, and Oloruntimilehin Owalele. They are currently being remanded at the Olokuta Prisons in Akure, the Ondo capital.

The corps also said its men had arrested one Seun Abraham who allegedly used his Nissan Primera car, marked EX 30 AAA, to load stolen diesel suspected to have been siphoned from a vandalized oil pipeline.

Mr. Abraham allegedly confessed during interrogation to have bought the product from bunkerers because he had no means of livelihood.

Three suspected fraudsters including a lady who specialise in duping innocent travelers on Owo-Akure Expressway were also arrested. The suspects were named as Friday James, Kemi Osuola, and Sola Akintewe.