Worried about the involvement of some security agencies protecting oil pipe lines thieves, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) has called on the Acting Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr. Suleiman Abba, to call officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) to order, in line with the government’s agenda on security and economic transformation.
TUC’s in a statement signed by its President Comrade Bobboi Bala Kaigama and Secretary General, Musa Lawal, on Wednesday made the call while urging the Acting IGP to check the current increasing incidence of fissures over protecting oil vandal criminal by officers and men of Lagos state security agencies.
Part of the statement read “We call on the Acting Inspector General of Police, Mr. Abba, to call his officers to order as some Police officers have ben found to be involved in shielding oil vandals against government’s policy on security and economic transformation”.
According to the statement, the latest incident involving officers of the NPF) and Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) reported to have happened at Owutu area of Ikorodu where a committee that included the Commandant General of the Corps, Mr. Ade Abolurin, and his men along with officers of the Nigerian Army, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC), Office of Attorney General of the Federation, and some other persons, is unfortunate.
“We are worried that some officers of the Government agencies that were alleged to have been on an inspection-and-assessment tour of disposable forfeited items by the pipe line vandal were threatened at gun-point by a police inspector and his men who claimed the territory was theirs”, it claimed.
“We felt particularly concerned because we believe that the presence of security operatives at such a trouble spot, irrespective of their respective agencies, should boost efforts to secure the nation’s pipelines from vandals”, it added.