NSCDC Records 546 Arrests, 51 Convictions In 14 months


BY EDMOND ODOK – The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said its personnel arrested over 546 suspects and secured 51 convictions for various crimes from January 2022 till date.

In the same period under review, the Corps disclosed that over 71 illegal refineries and 22 illegal oil bunkering sites were destroyed by its operatives while 134 trucks were also impounded during various operations.

Speaking on the occasion of the World Civil Defence Day with the theme “The role of information technologies in risk assessment” in Abuja on Wednesday, the Commandant General, NSCDC, Ahmed Audi stated that with technology, risk assessment and crime detention has been made easy for the Corps.

He said the Corps is effectively responding to the challenges of modern crime fighting and management, adding; “Prior to this time, disaster management, risk assessment, crime detection and prevention, protection of Critical National Assets and Infrastructure like Petroleum Pipelines, Electrical Installations, Communication Equipment, Roads, Railways and others, were relatively difficult but today, there is significant improvement.

“The Corps has chosen appropriate protocols and controls to mitigate risks, create and implement emergency plans, monitor potential threats that could lead to disaster and prioritize the protection of humans and assets with the highest value.”

Also, the Commandant General said the Corps currently maintains a dogged fight against the activities of criminal elements such as vandals, economic saboteurs and oil thieves with the use of advanced technologies.

Offering further insights on the Corps’ operations, NSCDC Boss said; “Consequently, between January 2022 and to date, over 546 suspects have been arrested, 429 under prosecution, 51 convicted, 71 illegal refineries destroyed, 22 illegal oil bunkering sites destroyed, 134 trucks impounded, 36 boats and other equipment used in perpetrating illegal oil bunkering confiscated.”

Specifically, he explained that; “Due to the appreciation of Modern Information and Communication Technology, the Corps, under my watch, has upgraded its ICT center with state of the art facilities to meet up with challenges of modern crime fighting and management.”

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