The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) said on Tuesday that it foiled attempt to vandalise NNPC pipeline at Ipara in Remo North Local Government Area of Ogun.
Mr Hammed Abodunrin, the Commandant of NSCDC in the state disclosed this in an interview with newsmen in Ipara.
Abodunrin said that operatives of the corps recovered five vehicles and 150 jerrycans with some filled with petroleum products from the vandals.
He explained that the corps swung into action and busted the vandals following intelligence reports.
According to Abodunrin, the vandals abandoned their vehicles and ran away on sighting the NSCDC anti-vandal squad.
“I will call them thieves instead of vandals because they came to steal fuel and there is no way they will steal without vandalising.
“They came to Ipara as early as 1 a.m.; we got the information and mobilised our anti vandal squad to bust them.
“They (thieves) knew the terrain very well, this place is like a jungle but they escaped.
“They actually attempted to escape with their vehicles but after a hot chase, they had to abandon the vehicles filled with both empty and loaded jerrycan with petroleum product.
“We are able to impound five vehicles with some products,’’ he said.
He said the corps would not allow pipeline vandals to have their way in the state and urged the citizens cooperate with the NSCDC by providing useful information.