RIVERS: NSCDC officers nab eight fake naval officers, 29 oil thieves

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The long arm of the law has caught up with eight fake naval officers on an illegal escort in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as they are now cooling their heels in detention alongside 29 suspected oil thieves.

The suspects were paraded by the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Muktar Lawal, who revealed seized trucks before journalists at the command’s headquarters in Port Harcourt.

Lawal said that on April 9, 2021, the Nigeria Navy Ship Pathfinderz Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, handed over eight suspects to the command arrested for alleged naval impersonation and illegal escort duty.

He said; “Today (Friday), the command is parading 37 suspected oil thieves, 13 trucks, 18 drums containing suspected adulterated stolen petroleum products, one bus, five cars, one pumping machine, 37 pieces of suspected vandalised railway clips, four suspected railway slippers, a cylinder and a torchlight suspected to be used for act of vandalism.

“On April 9, 2021, the Nigeria Navy Ship Pathfinderz Rumuolumeni, Port Harcourt, handed over eight suspects to the command arrested for alleged naval impersonation and illegal escort duty onboard a security boat MV SANDUST.”

“The fight against vandalism along the rail tracks and all oil installations in Rivers State is still ongoing and will not stop until vandals stay off the critical national assets and infrastructure in the state,” Lawal added.

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