Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps in Ondo State have arrested at least 124 oil theft suspects and impounded 284,540 litres of petroleum products.
This was made known by the state Commandant, Hammed Abodunrin, on Friday in Akure, the state capital.
According to him, the 124 persons were arrested by the corps in 2021.
He also said a total of 1,725 cases were handled by the formation in 2021 alone including malicious destruction of farmland, robbery, illegal mining, rape among others.
He, however, said 20 among the 124 cases were still pending in court.
Disclosing the efforts of the formation in stemming crime through sensitisation, Abodunrin said, “We went to public schools and trained 200 teachers, 2000 students on personal security and protection.
“We also trained 150 staffers of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin.
“We are going to intensify enlightenment on prevention of crimes. My only challenge is the unconsciousness of our people’s security.”
The commandant disclosed that the formation had trained some female squad to protect schools.
He added, “In the just concluded year, a special female squad was tactically trained to respond to school protection in the State and Rapid Response Squad to tackle crimes promptly. With the inauguration of a Cybercrime Forensic ICT Training Centre in the Command, crime can be solved in record time.”