From Paul Osuyi, Asaba
The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has announced the arrest of over 42 suspects for various criminal breaches in Delta State, in the past six months.
The offences, according to the state command of NSCDC, ranged from pipeline vandalism, crude oil theft, kidnapping and child molestation, and human trafficking.
The Public Relations Officer, NSCDC, Mr. Emeka Peters Okwechime, who stated this at the command headquarters, Asaba, said the command has made tremendous achievements in fighting criminality in the state. Okwechime said in May, this year, about eight suspects were prosecuted and convicted, while others were being prosecuted for fraud and theft related matters.
“In the area of human trafficking, we have arrested 12 suspects, one of them was arrested for baby factory and would be charged to court, as soon as investigations are concluded.
“The anti-vandalism squad gave a hot chase to a gang of kidnappers who disguised as transporters using a bus. They loaded the bus at Uromi Junction, Agbor, to Warri, but diverted into Abavo bush. Our men chased them and rescued the kidnapped victims unhurt,” he stated.
He said one locally made boat was intercepted with an unquantifiable amount of crude oil hidden beneath the boat, adding that the suspects were being trailed.
“In Udu area, the command bursted an illegal dump site where illegal AGOs were stored in underground tank. We have confiscated it, and condoned off the area. Suspects are on the run,” he hinted.