The commandant-general, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, has said that the corps destroyed about another 15 illegal refineries and dumps in Rivers State and arrested 50 vandals.
Muhammadu who stated that this additional 15 illegal refineries brings the total figure of destroyed refineries in state, under his watch, to 450.
He commended the effort of his men and officers nationwide, saying that the pro-activeness of the corps’ anti-vandal squad in the Niger-Delta area and other oil communities, based on intelligence report, aided in the clamping down of the illegal activities of the suspects and brought about the feat.
Fielding questions from some select journalists yesterday in Abuja, Muhammadu revealed that plans to deploy 5,000 armed officers to guard about 300 cattle ranches to be established by the federal government nationwide has been concluded. He revealed that they have established a control center at the national headquarters that monitors pipelines in the South South region of the country and have made very impressive arrests.
The NSCDC boss explained that as a leading agency in the protection of national assets, they are bent of meeting up with the various requests from the minister of solid minerals resources and Ministry of Agriculture, both requesting for 5,000 men as well as requests from Water Resources, Railway Corporation and many others. He said that 2,500 officers have so far been deployed to provide security in areas liberated in the North East.
Responding to allegations of corruption in the corps, Muhammadu dismissed the claims, insisting that he was operating a very transparent open door policy.