Three suspected pipeline vandals were arrested by the officials of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ebonyi State on Tuesday.
The state commandant of NSCDC, Mrs Chinwe Kannu, made this announcement on Thursday while parading the suspects, she siad they were arrested at a border community between Ebonyi and Abia in Ivo Local Government Area.
Mrs Kannu said the suspects, a 20-year-old woman and two men were arrested as they scooped diesel from a punctured pipeline.
“They will be prosecuted as we are legally mandated by law to do.
“Items recovered from them include one 50-litre container of diesel, four 25-litre containers of diesel, buckets, funnels and sieving instruments used to scoop petroleum products,” she said.
The commandant said that officers of the command also discovered a ‘cart’ laden with four 50-litre containers of diesel which was abandoned inside a bush at Ishiagu in Ivo.