December 28, 2023

NSCDC arrests 22 suspected illegal miners in FCT

NSCDC arrests 22 suspected illegal miners in FCT

NSCDC FCT Commandant. Olusola Odumosu

The Federal Capital (FCT) Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested 82 suspected vandals and 22 illegal miners from August till date.

The Commandant of NSCDC in FCT, Mr Olusola Odumosu, gave the figures during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Abuja.

Odumosu said that 20 suspects were arrested in connection with manhole cover theft and vandalism of critical national assets and infrastructure.

He said that five suspects were arrested in September for alleged vandalism of electrical cables, 14 for alleged vandalism of other public property, and two for alleged television theft.

According to the commandant, the other suspects include 28 persons nabbed for alleged railway vandalism and destruction of other critical national assets.

“Eleven were apprehended in October for illegal mining,” he said.

“December recorded a parade of 11 illegal miners and two vandals,” he added.

Odumosu said that the command, under his leadership, had sanctioned three Private Guard Companies (PGCs) for various offences, including operating without a licence and refusing to renew licences.

He said that the command was prepared to intensify efforts in 2024 to clamp down on vandals, illegal PGC operators and miscreants within the FCT. (NAN