by Funso Ajewole
The Ogun State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested two suspects for pipeline vandalism on Ajede road in Ijebu East Local Government Area of the state.
Ogun NSCDC spokesman, Kareem Olanrewaju, who announced this in Abeokuta on Wednesday, said the suspects were aged 35 and 55.
“The suspects were operating with guns along side with others now at large. Our surveillance team deployed to monitor the activities of vandals around the place relayed the information but the suspects took off before the arrival of the combat team,” he said.
He, however, said luck ran against one of the suspects as he was apprehended by another surveillance team on routine patrol.
“The suspects were pursued and one of them was arrested at gun point on Ajede road ,Ogbere. In the cause of our investigation, it was discovered that the suspects were members of a gang and he took our investigators to the Ola Oluwa camp site of the gang near a NNPC pipeline. That was where we met and arrested the other suspect,” Olanrewaju said.
Items recovered from the suspects included two locally made rifles, 325 litres of petrol loaded in a car, twenty-five empty kegs, an unmarked motor cycle, one Hyundai car with registration number Lagos AS 745 SMK, and one pumping machine.