The Kaduna State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, on Monday said it had started the prosecution of eight suspected pipeline vandals in the state.
The command’s spokesperson, Orndiir Tezungwe, who disclosed this in Kaduna, said the eight accused persons were arrested in Igabi and Chikun local government areas of the state.
The spokesman also said that six other vandals had been convicted after they were found guilty by a court in Kaduna.
“Three of the convicts were apprehended at Unguwar Sauri while the other three were arrested at Kangimi while vandalising NNPC pipelines,” he said.
Tezungwe said that the command had carried out series of sensitisation campaigns in communities known for pipeline vandalism, particularly in Kaduna North, Igabi and Chikun local government areas.
“We focus on drawing their attention to the economic implications of their action on ordinary Nigerians and the penalties for such act,” he said.
Tezungwe also said the command was collaborating with the Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, to monitor fuel stations selling above the stipulated pump price of N87 per litre.
According to him, five filling stations in Kaduna selling fuel above the official price have already been shut down.