Two officers of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, were ambushed and killed by police officers attached to Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation according to information relived by eyewitnesses and also confirmed with the spokesperson of the NSCDC in Lagos, Okeh Emmanuel.
Two officers involved in anti-vandal activities were fatally shot as they drove in the NSCDC operational vehicle after arresting four vandals of pipelines belonging to the NNPC after they were caught siphoning fuel.
Some officers were also injured in the attack which took place in the Ikorodu axis of Lagos.
The vandals escaped after the fatal attack leading NSDCDC officials to believe the vandals were in cahoot with the police. A wounded officer said the vandals made several phone calls to the police officers before they opened fire on the NSCDC patrol van.
A police ID card, a gun and Walkie-Talkie belonging to one Inspector Sunday Gabriel were retrieved from the scene of the attack. The Nigerian police spokesperson in Lagos did not respond to inquiries regarding the attack.
Earlier this year, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun publicly accused officials of NNPC of conniving with pipeline vandals to undermine the Nigerian economy through theft of petroleum product.
His outburst followed the murder of 3 NNPC engineers last September near Arepo village in Ogun state.