Breaking News: 11 Suspected Pipeline Vandals Apprehended in Benue State

Authorities from the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have successfully captured eleven individuals believed to be involved in pipeline vandalism near the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited depot at Apir, a suburb of Makurdi, the capital city of Benue State.

The State Commandant of the NSCDC, Yakubu Ibrahim, made the announcement on Saturday, revealing that upon receiving intelligence, a team was dispatched to investigate suspicious activities near the NNPCL depot in Apir.

During the operation, the team uncovered unauthorized tampering with an NNPCL pipeline, known as the Yola line, leading to the apprehension of the eleven suspects at the scene. They will undergo questioning and profiling in connection with the incident.

Describing the actions of the vandals as a form of “terrorism,” Ibrahim emphasized the detrimental economic impact caused by the destruction of the pipeline, which spanned over a distance of 10km.

Expressing dismay at the disregard for national assets, Ibrahim denounced the residents and local leaders for not speaking out against such criminal activities near their vicinity. He pledged to investigate any possible complicity among the community members.

The commandant urged the people of Benue State to remain vigilant and monitor their surroundings closely. He highlighted that among the items recovered were the tools used by the vandals, including 16 cut pipelines.

Earlier in April 2024, the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards had apprehended two individuals involved in pipeline vandalism in Yakyor, Apir. Joseph Har, the Special Adviser on Security and Internal Affairs to Governor Hyacinth Alia, reported that the culprits were caught after selling a portion of the stolen goods and dividing the proceeds.

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