… As NSCDC loses officer in Jigawa road crash***
The Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS) BEECROFT, Apapa, Lagos, on Monday said it had arrested 16 suspected pipeline vandals at Abagbo segment of the NNPC pipelines.
The Commander, NNS BEECROFT, Commodore Bashir Mohammed, in a statement, said that the arrest was made on Friday by the ship’s Task Force at Atlas Cove after a credible intelligence report.
He said the suspects were arrested with 73 kegs of 50 litres and 18 kegs of 25 litres, each filled with products suspected to be Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) and two fibre boats with 175 HP each.
“Some were also arrested during a routine harbour patrol at the creek around the snake Island,” he said.
According to him, the arrest will send a message to the criminals of the Nigerian Navy’s resolve of zero-tolerance to pipeline vandalism and illegal bunkering.
“NNS BEECROFT will not relent in executing the mandate of the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Awwal Gambo, which is geared toward eliminating economic sabotage thereby boosting national prosperity,” he said.
Mohammed said that the suspects have been handed over to the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for prosecution.
He assured Nigerians of the Navy’s commitment to sustaining its constitutional roles which include curbing illegalities within Nigeria’s maritime domain.
In another development, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Jigawa State Command, has confirmed the death of one of its personnel, DSC Idris Lawan, in a ghastly motor accident.
The spokesman of the Corps, CSC Adamu Shehu, confirmed the death in a statement on Monday in Dutse.
Shehu said that Lawan died in an accident that occurred on Kano-Hadejia road, on his way to Malam Madori town.
“The NSCDC Command in Jigawa is thrown into mourning following the demise of one of its Divisional Officers, DSC Lawal Idris.
“Lawan died at the early hours of Monday as a result of a ghastly road traffic accident along Kano-Hadejia road, on his way to Malam Madori, his place of primary assignment,” Shehu said.
He said that the Commandant, Mr Mustapha Talba, has commiserated with personnel of the Corps and families of the deceased.
“Talba also prayed to Almighty God to have mercy on his departed soul and look after his family,” he said.
According to him, the deceased, who joined the Corps in 2010 as ASC II, served in various capacities including Acting Divisional Officer, Kafin Hausa, and Divisional Officer, Kafin-Hausa and Maigatari, a position he held until his death.
He said that the deceased has since been buried.