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Abia, Imo NSCDC Commands To Collaborate Against Pipeline Vandalism

Posted: Oct 3, 2015 at 3:34 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emeka Okafor, Aba

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Abia and Imo states are to collaborate in the fight against pipeline vandalism, which has become a cross-border crime, an official has said.

The Abia State NSCDC Commandant, Mr Benito Eze, spoke during a meeting between senior officers of the command, police, Department of State Security and officials of Umuahia South Local Government Area.

The meeting, which took place at the council headquarters, Apunmiri, was also attended by traditional rulers of the communities on the pipeline right of way in the area.

Eze said that recent events and investigations by the Abia command showed that the vandals had formed a cartel, with members operating from the two sister-states.

He said that the cartel ‘’has gone scientific’’ in their mode of operation, adding that they now carry out their operations in an organised chain.


According to him, after breaking the pipeline, they would channel the pumped product into the Imo River and guard it’s flow with the tide to a safe point, where they scoop it into drum-loaded waiting boats before escaping.

The commandant said that the command would soon embark on a house-to-house search in pipeline-bearing communities in Abia to uncover equipment and tools used by vandals to siphon products.

He regretted that pipeline vandalism witnessed sharp increase in the last five weeks, when the Pipeline and Product Marketing Company (PPMC) resumed the pumping of products from the Port Harcourt Refinery to Enugu via Osisioma, near Aba.

He said that the unfortunate development called for more stringent security measures and urged concerted efforts in the task of protecting the pipelines against vandalism.


‘’Security is not a one person’s job, it is a collective responsibility so I urge all hands to be on deck.

‘’All the stakeholders, including traditional rulers, community leaders and town unions should collaborate with the security agencies to fight the cankerworm by giving us vital information that can help us to do our job effectively,’’ he said.

The commandant said that less than 40 per cent of products pumped by PPMC in Port Harcourt got delivered at Enugu depot because of the activities of vandals.In his speech, the Transition Committee Chairman of the council, Chief Emenike Onuoha, underscored the need for all the stakeholders to join hands in the fight against the phenomenon.

Onuoha expressed worry that the menace had become rampant and appealed to community leaders and traditional rulers to warn their youths to shun pipeline vandalism and other social vices.

In their separate contributions, the traditional rulers called on the security agencies to get fiercer in the battle against the menace.

They restated their resolve to continue to collaborate with government and security agencies in the struggle to rid the area of pipeline vandals.

They however complained that members of the vigilance group they hired on behalf of PPMC were owed nine months of arrears of salaries, adding that they were underequipped for the job of securing the pipelines.

A member of the group, Val Iroanya, who confirmed that they were owed, said that the pipeline right of way had been overgrown by weeds and needed to be cleared to boost security in the area.

The traditional rulers in attendance included Eze Nelson Ohaka of Ihenwekeala, Eze Chikwendu Ibeakanma of Ezeleke, Eze Stephen Obinugwu of Ngodo, Eze Nelson Nwosu of Omaigwu and Eze Albert Uwanamodo of Ekenebiz autonomous communities respectively.