Relocate to other countries, NSCDC tells oil thieves

The Commandant General, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Ahmed Audi, has advised oil thieves to leave the country.

He warned that those who stay in the country intending to continue with the nefarious have his men to contend with.

He said the President, Bola Tinubu has a tough stand on oil theft, saying oil thieves would not have it easy with his men.

Audi spoke at the Passing Out Parade of Course 10 on Monday in Abuja.

He said the NSCDC under him would not condone compromise from any personnel in the ongoing war against oil thieves.

Audi directed his men to go all out against oil thieves and ensure they are apprehended.He said, ” Don’t forget we are the lead agency in the protection of critical assets. We must protect and infrastructure of the nation one of which is the fuel pipelines. We know the stands of the president on oil thefts. There should be no compromise.

“You must dedicate yourself and do your best to reduce and if possible eradicate oil theft. You must arrest oil thieves and those vandalizing our pipelines and we shall get them. We advised them those who want to continue to launch mayhem on our pipelines to relocate to other countries otherwise we will go after them and arrest all of them.”

Audi also warned personnel against accidental discharge,  saying that anyone found culpable would be strictly dealt with.

Audi said, “We now have a Standard of Operations guiding our activities in the service. You will be court-martialed. In that way discipline in the service. This service does not condone accidental discharge.

“If you make a mistake and become trigger-happy then you kill a citizen you will face the wrath of the SOP. Please be careful when you are with your riffle. You are trained to handle a rifle and not to kill unless otherwise. This means you can only kill when you know the person wants to kill you on the battlefield.”