The leadership of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSDC) in Bayelsa State says ten suspects have been arrested in the vandalization of crude oil pipeline owned by the Nigerian Agip Oil Company (NAOC) in the creeks of Southern Ijaw Local Government Area (LGA).
The suspects were arrested over six months for alleged involvement in pipeline vandalization and oil theft.
Anikan Udeoyop, the Deputy Commandant of the NSDC, confirmed the development in a meeting with the State Commissioner of Police, the Department of State Security (DSS), officials of the Agip Oil Company and leadership of the Southern Ijaw Communities of Ondewari, Okputuwari, Umbugbene, and Kemebiama.
Mr. Udeoyop, who commended the state security outfit known as Door Akpo for the working partnership between them and the NSDC, also announced that the latter group has approved the registration of additional private security guard companies in the state, bringing the total number to fifty.
In reference to the noticeable increased attacks on bank customers in Bayelsa State, the NSDC confirmed that screening and approval of security companies is meant to assist the present security agencies on security issues. "The Corps is already packaging a three-month security training program for physical self-defence and for bank personnel in the state."