22 Suspected Illegal Miners Arrested by NSCDC Operatives

The Federal Capital (FCT) Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has 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 included 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” Odumosu added.

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

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

Source: NAN