Residents of Isawo in the Agric area of Ikorodu in Lagos have called on the police to collaborate with other security agencies to curtail pipeline vandalism and oil theft in the area.
The community’s traditional ruler Oke Oko, Chief Musediku Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the security agencies needed to synergise to ensure that government property were protected.
He applauded the police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for their role in the protection of pipelines and electrical cables within the area.
“They are doing their best when it comes to surveillance of the property. Their team is always there to curtail the activities of the vandals.
“But if they collaborate with other security agencies in monitoring the pipelines, oil theft will be a thing of the past,’’ Ibrahim said.
Also, a petty trader, Mrs Omolara Adanigba, who resides in the community, alleged that most youths of the area engage in vandalism because of unemployment.
“Youths in this community are fond of engaging in oil theft and destroying the nation’s assets because they claimed to be jobless, which is not good enough for the area and country at large.
“Some of them are lured into the act by bad gangs or friends. “Any time these vandals start with their illegal operations they usually engaged the police in a shootout, then forcing us to close our shops and scramble for safety.
“We only return to our shops whenever calm returns,’’ Adangba said.
A resident, Segun Iloti, urged the federal and state governments to increase the number of the surveillance teams in the area.
“Most of the vandalism are perpetrated on water by those who reside along the waterways,’’ Iloti said.
The Commandant, NSCDC, Lagos Command, Mr Gabriel Abafi, urged residents of Isawo to provide useful information that would enhance the command’s work.
“We needed information so that most of the vandals will be arrested in their hideouts.
“Our officers are always at alert to receive useful information concerning the activities of vandals and will protect anyone that provide us with such information,” Abafi said.
The commandant appealed to the youths to shun vices capable of destroying government property.