Pipeline Vandals: EFCC, DSS To Begin Prosecution Of Perpetrators

Pipeline Vandals: EFCC, DSS To Begin Prosecution Of Perpetrators

Patrick Aigbokhan
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) will soon be involved in prosecution of pipeline vandals.
Other security agencies like the Police, will also join the two anti-graft agencies to fight the vandals.
Mrs Esther Nnamdi-Ogbue, Managing Director, Petroleum Products and Marketing Company (PPMC), who disclosed the development on Sunday during a visit to Mosinmi Depot and Ajebo pipeline in Obafemi Owode local government area of Ogun state, said that the involvement of the agencies would facilitate the prosecution of the vandals at the courts of competent jurisdiction.
Nnamdi-Ogbue said, “We are looking at all ramifications on how to bring these criminals to book; they have to be treated as criminals and pipeline products thieves.
“The pipelines are the most efficient way of moving products and then for the first time in a very long time we are pushing products all the way to Ibadan.
“We intend to move to Ilorin, reduce bridging from Lagos area so that people can go and pick up their products in Ibadan and Ilorin.”
She stressed that partnership with EFCC, DSS, Police and host communities would yield positive results and the culprits would soon face the full wrath of the law.
The PPMC boss said that the federal government would start deploying trackers on trucks carrying fuel from its depots to filling stations across the country to check diversion of the product.
She noted that with involvement of the trackers, government would be able to monitor the movement of trucks vis- a-vis their destinations.
Ogbue expressed displeasure over the spate oft fuel diversion in the country, which, according to her, is a serious problem with undesirable consequences on the economy.