*Arrests, prosecutes 46 suspects
*Gunmen abduct businessman in Sapele
The Delta State Command of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) says it has uncovered and destroyed 3,000 illegal refineries at different locations in the State in the last one year.
The Command added that it has saved over N10 billion within the period review.
The State Commandant, Mrs. Sam Ego-Ezeagbogho, who confirmed this to our reporter in Asaba at the weekend, disclosed that 46 persons were arrested and prosecuted within the period, adding that the successes in the arrest, and prosecution of the suspects were made possible with the collaborative efforts of the sister security agencies.
Mrs. Ezegbogho however, called for more collaborative efforts between security agencies, and the NSCDC, and assured Nigerians of the NSCDC’S commitment to eradicating of all forms of criminal activities, particularly pipeline vandalisation in the State.
She said “we are determined to eradicate all forms of pipeline vandalisation in the state, we have a maritime department, we patrol the water, rivers with the support of Navy, and others, we were able to arrest the vandals and oil thieves”
Meanwhile, unknown gunmen have abducted a 42-year-old Sapele businessman in the early hours of Saturday. Reports said the victim, Friday Igbayo, also a sawmill owner in the area, was abducted by a sisx-man suspected kidnappers in his residence, Asaboro quarters, Etanua, Sapele.
He was said to have been dragged into a waiting vehicle without a registration number before it zoomed into unknown destination.
But the police image maker in the state, DSP Andrew Aniamaka, who confirmed the incidents, said efforts were being made by the police in Sapele to rescue the businessman unhurt. Assuring that the police were determined to make lives unbearable for armed robbers/kidnappers in the state, DSP Aniamaka dispelled as untrue the continued reports by a section of the public that the police were not working, disclosing that over 162 kidnap suspects were arrested and detained in the last few months.