THE Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ondo State Command has seized two trucks, loaded with hundreds of containers of crude oil along Ondo-Ore road in the state.
The State Commandant of the Command, Mr. Christopher Olu, while briefing newsmen in Akure, the state capital on Monday, pointed out that the vehicles were intercepted, when the suspects were trying to escape through the thick forest in the area with the crude oil.
He stated that the suspected vandals jumped into the bush and took to their heels when they sighted his men on duty at about 3:00 am on Monday.
Olu further stated that one of the vehicles intercepted with the crude oil was a Toyota Hiace bus with registration number Ondo XB 521 REE, while the other lorry has no registration number.
According to him, the command is still investigating the case with a view to arresting members of the gang, who fled into the forest.
The NSCDC boss, who warned members of the public to be security-conscious and report any suspect to the appropriate quarters, said his men acted on a tip-off.
He revealed that his men had positioned themselves in the forest before the vehicles were intercepted, saying that he had ordered his men to mount 24 hours surveillance patrol in the area, so as to prevent further damages to the pipelines.
He also disclosed that one of the handsets of the vandals was found inside the bus, which he claimed would assist the command to trace the perpetrators.
By FUNSO OJO, Akure