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‘21 Suspects Arrested In 3 Months Over Illegal Bunkering’



Authorities of the Bayelsa State Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) have confirmed that a total number of 21 suspects were in last three months, arrested over alleged involvement in cases of illegal bunkering, oil theft and pipeline vandalism in some parts of the state.

The commandant of the Bayelsa Command of the NSCDC, Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, said though some of the cases are pending at the Federal High Court due to some months of inactivity on legal proceedings, the command is expecting to secure convictions based on diligent investigation and power of evidence.

Commandant Christiana Abiakam-Omanu, made this known on Thursday during a courtesy call on her by the executive members of the Federated Correspondent Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by the chairman, Comrade Kola Oredipe.

Commandant Abiakam-Omanu, said the successes recorded despite some noticeable challenges have not deterred the command from consolidating on the achievements of past heads of the command, “we have not relied on our few weaknesses but relied on our might as an institution.”

Abiakam Omani, however, commended the media practitioners in the state, particularly members of the Federated Correspondent Chapel, for partnership and positive collaboration as a critical stakeholder in the fight against the core mandate of the command.

She noted that more collaboration is needed from the media organisations to fight oil theft and illegal oil bunkering.

Earlier in his speech, the chairman of the Federated Correspondent Chapel, Comrade Kola Oredipe, commended the NSCDC command for the successes recorded in the last three months under the command of Commandant Christiana Abiakam-Omanu.



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