Two suspects involved in petroleum pipeline vandalization in Plateau State, North Central Nigeria have been sentenced to twenty five year imprisonment by a Federal High Court sitting in Jos.
Justice Ambrose Allagoa, in his judgment sentenced the accused persons to five years jail term on each count of the five charges instituted by the Plateau State command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC.
The three suspects were apprehended by vigilantes in Taria, Jingre of Bassa Local Government Area of Plateau State for vandalizing NNPC pipelines in the area.
Parading the suspects at the office of the state command of the Civil Defence in Jos, the State Commandant, Vincent Bature, commended the efforts of the community leader and the vigilantes in apprehending the suspects before handing them over to the security agents.
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The third accused person, Auwal Abubakar, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.
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