The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Imo State Command, has intercepted a truckload of crude oil and apprehended four suspected pipeline vandals.
The NSCDC Commandant in Imo, Mr Michael Ogar, disclosed this while interacting with newsmen in Owerri on Wednesday.
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Ogar said the suspects, while conveying crude oil in the truck, were arrested at the Okigwe axis of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway at about 10pm on Tuesday.
He further said the NSCDC officers on duty confirmed that the suspects who initially claimed to be moving from Umuahia to Okigwe were actually conveying the 4,000 litres of crude oil from Port Harcourt to Kano.
He, however, expressed regret at the death of one of his officers who was on an anti-bunkering duty, as well as two others who were killed by stray bullets.
Ogar pledged full compensation for the families of the deceased in line with NSCDC’s memorandum of operation.
He assured Imo residents that the command would continue to collaborate with other security agencies to ensure their safety.